A 43-year-old suspected American pedophile was arrested Monday afternoon by Bureau of Immigration (BI) and police authorities while meeting his would-be victim -- a female minor -- at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
According to BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina, the suspect, identified as Piotr Kmita, was nabbed in an entrapment operation minutes after he arrived at the NAIA Terminal 1 via a China Eastern Airlines flight from Pudong, China.
Medina said Kmita will be charged for violating Republic Act 10364 or the expanded anti-trafficking in persons act which penalizes the act of ‘procuring a child for prostitution and obtaining a person for the purpose of prostitution, pornography or sexual exploitation.
Bienvenido Castillo, who heads the BI-NAIA’s Border Control and Intelligence Unit (BCIU), reported that agents from the US government’s Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) sought the assistance of BI in monitoring the American, after he was discovered to have engaged in sexually explicit conversations with his young victim whom he befriended online through Facebook.
‘The HSI then relayed the information to the PNP regional office in Pampanga and we jointly conducted the operations to intercept Kmita upon his arrival in Manila,’ Castillo said, adding that the arresting agents tailed Kmita from the moment he arrived up to the area outside the airport where he met his victim and subsequently got arrested.
BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said Kmita’s deportation will have to wait until the criminal charges against him are resolved. If convicted, the alien will have to serve his sentence first before he could be sent back to the US.
Kmita was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Philippine National Police’s women and children protection center (WCPC) in Pampanga where the rescued girl hails.