The federal court of Arizona has convicted an Indian-origin Canadian man for seeking sex with a minor girl in the US. After Dilbagh Singh (57) pleaded guilty to charges, the US District Court in Phoenix sentenced him to 46 months in prison. He faced a prison term of up to 30 years.
According to court documents, in January 2017, Singh started an online conversation with a girl who, he believed, was a 15- year-old from Arizona
Several times in his four months of online chats, Singh mentioned about his desire for sexual contact with the girl. In May, he went to Flagstaff, Arizona, with the prime intention of having sex with the girl. He checked into a hotel with condoms and alcohol to meet the girl.
Singh pleaded guilty for his intentional travel only for seeking sexual contact with the girl.
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The girl was actually an undercover agent for Project Safe Childhood. Launched in 2006, it is a national effort to tackle sexual exploitation of young girls by the Department of Justice. The project is in collaboration with the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. It focuses on finding out cases of predators of child sexual abuse on the internet, prosecuting them and also helping the victims with rehabilitation.
Child sex abuse is an epidemic in the US where sexual offenders hit upon young boys and girls and have forced sex with them. These people usually target young girls. This is also one of the main reasons why young girls becoming pregnant is so widespread in the West. In the US, only about 30% cases of sexual exploitation of young children are to the authorities. In 2012, it counted 9.3% cases of abuse of children as sexual abuse.
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