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Police arrest woman who allegedly procured child prostitutes for American fugitive

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 21, 2020   /   12:34 pm
Police arrest woman who allegedly procured child prostitutes for American fugitive A United States national wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation over a bitcoin scam has been arrested in Indonesia and charged under a child protection law for suspected sex crimes, the National Police said on Tuesday. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

The Jakarta Police have arrested a woman for allegedly procuring child prostitutes for American fugitive Russ Albert Medlin, who was recently arrested in Jakarta for suspected sex crimes against minors.

“We seized her in Banten. She is now in Jakarta Police custody,” Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus told the press on Friday as quoted by tempo.co. “During the arrest, she fled to a nearby hill. It takes four hours to climb the hill from the closest district.”

According to Yusri, the woman, identified as A, fled to Banten after the news of Medlin’s arrest surfaced earlier in the week. 

A allegedly received Rp 6.3 million (USD$ 447.50) for each child she procured for the American. 

Police arrested Medlin at his residence in Jakarta on Monday, after questioning three minors who accused the American of sexually assaulting them.

Medlin was charged under the 2002 Child Protection Law and could face up to 15 years' imprisonment if found guilty.

Police added that Medlin had twice been convicted of sexual assault against a minor by a district court in Nevada, the United States, in 2006 and 2008. He has been on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) wanted list for crimes related to an investment scam in bitcoin stocks worth $722 million. (trn)