The suspect was showing pornographic videos to an 11-year-old child.
Rabat – Police of El Hajeb (60 kms away from Fes) arrested yesterday, September 8, a Spanish national for pedophilia.
The 53-year-old man was accompanied by an 11-year-old Moroccan child. He was caught in the act of showing pornographic videos to the child at a local Internet café of El Hajeb.
Police intervened as soon as they were notified of the criminal act. The alleged pedophile will appear in court as soon as police complete the investigation into the suspect..
This case brings out the importance of finding measures to prevent such incidents from happening. A report published by the Moroccan NGO “Do not touch my child” (TPAME) back in 2013 stated that around 26.000 children are raped in Morocco every year. However, the vast majority of these incidents do not get reported to the police.
This is not the first case of its kind to surface in recent months, on August 28, 2019, an Australian-Hungarian man was arrested in Rabat’s beach while attempting to take photos of minors. In February 2019, an American man was sentenced to four years in prison for raping minors and a married woman in Chichaoua, near Marrakech and in January 2018, a French man was arrested in Fes for raping four minors.
While these cases cause anger within the Moroccan public, the case that sparked the most outrage dates back to July 2013. Daniel Galvan, a Spanish pedophile incarcerated in Kenitra prison for raping 11 Moroccan children, was granted a pardon “by mistake”. Moroccans took to the streets to protest against this pardon. The protesters called for the pardon to be revoked, which happened on August 10, 2019, and the reform of laws to protect Morocco’s children.