WASHINGTON, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Global Strategic Communications Group:
A former official of the U.S. Department of State has called for Joris Demmink, Secretary-General of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, to be barred from entry to the United States until he has answered accusations of child rape in a court of law.
In a UPI "Outside View" column, Anthony T. Salvia, former special adviser to the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Reagan Administration, among other official assignments, urged a strong official U.S. response to charges that Demmink – his ministry's top career official – sexually assaulted numerous boys, including two Turkish citizens who at the time were 14 and 12 years old.
"The Demmink case is an internal Dutch affair but there are things Washington can do to protect the rights of children in this affair," writes Salvia. "For one thing, it can and must deny Demmink the right to enter the United States until such time as he has answered the charges against him in a court of law. For another, Congress should have hearings on child sex trafficking and the role governmental officials may be playing in surreptitiously aiding and abetting it -- in whichever country -- with a particular focus on the activities of Demmink."
Salvia calls for additional Congressional attention to Demmink: "The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs committees should throw a spotlight on the implications of having an alleged sexual predator as the highest-ranking civil servant in the justice ministry of one of the Netherlands -- one of our closest and most valued allies. If aberrant sexual behavior on the part of government officials is believed to expose them to possible blackmail by enemies foreign and domestic, surely the grave crime of pedophilia leaves them uniquely vulnerable."
"The Netherlands is a member of NATO and is undoubtedly privy to national security information," observes Salvia. "Do we really feel comfortable knowing that the secretary-general of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice stands accused of pedophilia and of using his powers of office to avoid investigation and prosecution? The Dutch legal authorities must deal with the charges that have been brought against Demmink swiftly and definitively. Meanwhile, he must not be allowed to take any official actions in cases having to do with the heinous practice of pedophilia, child pornography and child sex trafficking."
Salvia also calls for action by the Department of State, where he formerly served: "The U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons should address a sharp inquiry to its counterpart in the Dutch Foreign Affairs Ministry, and be prepared to suspend all bilateral cooperation with the Netherlands until this matter is satisfactorily resolved."
Formerly special adviser to the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Reagan Administration, Anthony T. Salvia also served as and director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Moscow bureau and at the Department of Defense.)
UPI: "The struggle against child sex trafficking":
SOURCE Global Strategic Communications Group