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Orphanage owner ‘jailed’ for sexually abusing minors in Kenya.

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Dow’s sex crime came to public knowledge after two girls, aged 12 and 14, escaped from the orphanage and told of sexual abuses going on at the orphanage.

An American man identified as Gregory Dow has been sentenced to over 15 years in prison plus a lifetime of supervised release, for engaging in illicit sexual conduct in Kenya.

According to a statement by The United States Department of Justice, the court also ordered Dow, to pay a total of $16,000 in restitution.

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Investigation by FBI’s Philadelphia Field office with assistance from Kenyan authorities and local law enforcement in Lancaster County revealed that the 61-year old Dow travelled to Kenya in 2008 to start an orphanage with his wife.

Dow while still maintaining close ties with the US sexually abused the children at the orphanage called Dow Family Children’s Home on multiple occasions.

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His wife was accused of being complicit in the abuses.

He abused at least four minor girls between October 2013 and September 2017.

“Trial Attorneys Lauren S. Kupersmith and Lauren E. Britsch of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. Stengel of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania prosecuted the case,” the statement read.

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Dow’s sex crime came to public knowledge after two girls, aged 12 and 14, escaped from the orphanage and told of sexual abuses going on at the orphanage.

A Kenyan woman living in the US, who had just returned to her village, heard of the stories of sexual abuse and tipped off the FBI.

The woman, Margaret Ruto collected the testimonies of the escaped girls herself. Two of the girls were as young as 11 years old when the abuse began.

“I was meant to know about this,” Ruto told Washington Post. “And I was meant to do something about it.”

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“The defendant’s wife even transported the victims to a medical clinic to have birth control devices implanted into their arms, which allowed Dow to perpetrate his crimes without fear of impregnating his victims,” the US attorney’s office said in a statement after Dow was sentenced.

Dow is known sex offender long before he travelled to Kenya. He pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in 1996. He received two years’ probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender for a decade.

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Just in: Oil industry lobbying to drop plastics in Kenya.

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The oil industry has asked the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against the plastic waste that litters Africa, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground.

The request from the American Chemistry Council, whose members include major oil companies, to the Office of the United States Trade Representative came as the US and Kenya negotiate what would be the first US bilateral trade deal with a country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kenya three years ago imposed what was praised as the world’s strictest ban on the use, manufacturing and import of plastic bags, part of growing efforts around the world to limit a major source of plastic waste.

Environmentalists fear Kenya is now under pressure not only to weaken its resolve, but to become a key transit point for plastic waste to other African countries.

“This deal will have dire consequences in terms of the environmental pollution because plastics have been touted as the major polluters of our water bodies,” said Fredick Njehu, senior political advisor at Greenpeace Africa.

“African countries are looking upon Kenya to actually reject the deal and also reject the fact that they (would) be used as an entry point to access the African markets,” he added.

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The April 28 letter from the American Chemistry Council’s director for international trade, Ed Brzytwa, seen by The Associated Press, urges the US and Kenya to prohibit the imposition of domestic limits on “production or consumption of chemicals and plastic” and on their cross-border trade.

China’s ban on imports of most plastic waste in 2018 has forced companies to seek new places to send it, but other countries including African ones increasingly are saying they don’t want it, either.

The American Chemistry Council in a statement said “it is well understood that a bilateral trade agreement between the United States and Kenya will not override Kenya’s domestic approach to managing plastic waste or undermine its international commitments under the Basel Convention,” a global agreement which as of January will make it much more difficult to ship plastic waste to poorer countries.

Nearly 190 countries have agreed to it, but not the US.


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