An Italian father might be facing 15 years in jail for kissing his eight-year-old daughter in public in the coastal city of Fortaleza, in the north-east of Brazil.His Brazilian wife says the case is all a misunderstanding.
The Italian tourist was reported to the police by a Brazilian couple who claimed he had been touching a young girl inappropriately and had kissed her on the mouth while they were both at a swimming pool.
The north-east of Brazil has for some years had a problem of paedophiles travelling to the area, often from overseas, and strongly-worded warnings about the penalties for exploiting children are posted in most hotels.
Were the couple right to report the father? This blogger says he’s won’t be going to Brazil anytime soon as he loves to hug and kiss his kids too much.
Are children losing out on affection because we’re too quick to shout ‘child abuse’?