Jan 22, 2019

Safeguarding children in tourist areas

The Hikkaduwa Police had arrested a Russian national on Sunday (20) over the abuse of a five year old male child in the Hikkaduwa, Wellawatte area, having taken the child to the beach away from the custody of his parents.

The arrested foreigner and the child were scheduled to be produced before the Galle Additional Magistrate yesterday (21). The Russian national was lodging at a hotel in Hikkaduwa and the police had received a complaint from the child’s mother that her child had been abducted by this foreigner.

Police investigations revealed that the child had been riding his bicycle near his home in Wellawatte, Hikkaduwa and the foreigner on foot had enticed the child to come with him.

The Russian national had taken the child on the same cycle he was riding and the neighbours had seen him take the child and notified the mother. They had said that the child had been crying while being taken away by the foreigner.

The police had arrested the foreigner while he was on the beach with the child and had handed the child over to his parents.