Federal law enforcement sources tell ABC News that the FBI and customs
officials are investigating allegations that some fishing and hunting
tour businesses are arranging sex with children for American men overseas.
ABC News wanted to know what tour operators offer and whether they market an illegal sex trade?
Wearing hidden cameras, we entered a convention, sponsored by the Dallas
Safari Club, where tour companies sell top-dollar hunting and fishing
trips all over the world -- some with promises of great parties and
"I mean, it's a third world country and you can do whatever you want,"
one tour operator told us. "You know if you want to do a party it's not
like here—you can't touch, you can't look—you can do whatever the f**k
Said another, "It will start off with six [young women], then it will be
twelve, and then it'll be eighteen and then you guys will be just
retreating. I'm serious."
But we've heard it's not just women on offer; it's also young girls.
We found one operator who, after at first refusing, tells us when we
catch up with him the following day that he can make it happen.
"We'll float the idea to my guy that's going to take care of this thing
for you and he can get it done," he says. "I know…he can get that done.
But it's probably going to be…it's going to have to be real
stealthy…in other words, I don't know…and I'm not saying anything but
something is going to happen."
Federal investigators are looking into possible child sex abuse on tours from Central and South America to Africa.
Phil Marsteller, who operates fishing tours in Brazil, says abusing minors has become a cancer on his industry.
"What better way to get away from your wife and go be the -- you know,
have the Jekyll and Hyde personality and go do something else than going
on a fishing trip to the Amazon that's viewed as family friendly," he
The offenders aren't who you might expect. "You're talking about
business people, doctors, lawyers, politicians," says Marsteller. "You
know, people with lots of money."
Marsteller has gathered pictures and video of what he says are underage
Amazonian Indian girls cavorting with American men on board a
Brazilian authorities are looking into those allegations and have
obtained affidavits from Amazonian Indian girls as young as 13 who say
that employees for an American fishing tour operator came to their
villages and offered them cleaning jobs, which they accepted because
they needed the money.
Once on the boat, however, they say they were forced to pose in nude pictures and have sex.
We met two girls who told us they were given string bikinis and cocaine – and then expected to have sex.
"I was forced to have relations with one of them," says one girl, who was 16 at the time.
In a sworn affidavit, another girl, who was just 13 at the time, says
she was impregnated by an American whose name she didn't even know --
and that afterwards her family threw her out.
That tour operator and Marstellar competitor says it's all lies.
But listen to what the tour operator we spoke to on hidden camera in
Dallas -- the one who said he could introduce us to someone who would
arrange for us to meet underage girls had to say about Marsteller.
"There's a code of the West in this industry that nobody breaks -- and he broke it. That's why nobody likes him."
When ABC News later contacted that tour operator, he insisted he never
had arranged for clients to meet young girls and would never have
followed through on his offer to help provide them.
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