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Father Sentenced to 372 Years in Prison For Rape and Sexual Abuse Of His Three Children

A father was sentenced to prison for abusing, raping and showing pornography to his three children when they were minors. On Thursday the Tribunal Penal de Heredia (Heredia Criminal Court) sentenced Carlos Luis Montero Víquez to 372 years in prison. However, he will only serve...

Schoolgirls Recruited Classmates For Prostitution

Four adolescents between the ages of 16 and 17 were arrested as suspected of trafficking in persons for the purpose of sexual exploitation (pimping) of two schoolgirls. The arrest was made this Wednesday morning in the house where the young girls lived, in Hatillo, San...

Colombia to ban cosmetic plastic surgery for minors

Colombia’s Congress is about to pass a law that will prohibit controversial cosmetic plastic surgery for minors, who in some cases receive risky breast or buttock implants as young as 15. Apart from reconstructive surgeries or operations required due to physical or psychological ailments, Colombia’s youth will soon have...

Immigration Expels Foreigner After Completing Sentence For Sexual Abuse of Minor

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica's Policia de Migracion (Immigration Police) expelled a Nicaraguan national on Friday, after completing a full prison sentence in Costa Rica, for six offences of sexual abuse against a minor. In addition, the 39 year-old man, identified by him surnames, Alvarado Ray,...

Case Of Sexual Abuse Of Minors In Costa Rica On The Increase

(QCOSTARICA) This year already there have been 76 cases of minors victims of sexual violence reported by the Hospital Nacional de Niños (National Children's Hopsital), while in all of 2014 only 75 cases. The report indicates that in the majority of the cases, the perpetrators...

Illegal Drugs, Minors and Illegals All Part of Calle de La Amagura

Calle de La Amargura is located in San Pedro, south of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and known for all night partying and (QCOSTARICA) San Pedro - The seizure of illegal drugs and the detention of two minors and two illegal Brits were some...

Where Are They? 14 Minors A Month Disappear in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) So far this year 58 children have gone missing, that is to say on average 14 per month, a figure that is not only disturbing but also because it reveals the chilling reality of what our are children are exposed to. According to the...

On Average, In Costa Rica 50 Children Die Each Year In Traffic Accidents

QCOSTARICA - Each year between 48 and 51 children die in traffic accidents. In the majority of the fatal crashes, the deaths could have been avoided with the proper use of child restraints. For this, the director of the Hospital Nacional de Niños (Children's Hospital...

This Year, 14 Children Have Been Victims of Alleged Sexual Exploitation

QCOSTARICA - In the first two months of the year, 14 minors have been victims of alleged sexual exploitation, an adult offering money in exchange for sexual favors. That is the figure reported by the Children's Welfare Agency, th Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI). Of...

Bill Would Forbid Minors To Marry, Even With Parental Consent

QCOSTARICA - Legislators of the Women's Committee of the Legislative Assembly (Comisión de la Mujer de la Asamblea Legislativa) have submitted a stiff bill that would prohibit minors to marry even with consent of guardians or parents. The bill contains reforms to the Civil, Penal...

Minors Alone Cross The Costa Rica – Nicaragua Border

COSTA RICA NEWS - More than one minor, travelling alone, is found by Costa Rican officials to cross the Costa Rica - Nicaragua border. Some cross at Los Chiles, others by boat on the San Juan river. The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI) -...

Mother Charged For Organizing “Teen Parties”

The lucrative and dangerous business of "barra libre" or "teen parties" has been fast creeping into Costa Rica society, as families with the help of their children,organize events to serve minors alcohol and where drugs are readily available. The Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas (ICD) -...

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