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Canadian sex crimes

Canadian citizen Donald Bakker pleaded guilty in a Vancouver court June 2 to seven

charges of sexual interference with children under the age of 14 in Cambodia.

The case marked the first prosecution under Canada's child sex tourism law, enacted

in June 2002, which does not require the consent of the foreign country where the

allegations of sexual abuse took place.

Bakker, reported to be in his early 40s, also pleaded guilty to one count of sexual

assault and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm involving three prostitutes

in Vancouver, Canada.

Video tapes revealing Bakker's assaults on victims in Cambodia and Canada that were

confiscated by police have been described as extremely violent.

A spokesperson for the attorney general's office said that defense and prosecution

lawyers made a joint submission to the judge for a 10-year sentence.

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