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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Puerto Rico News Digest For October 7, 2015


TOURIST HELD ON SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGE

















From The San Juan Daily Star:

"A male tourist from Wisconsin was arrested by federal authorities for
sex trafficking after U.S. Magistrate Judge Marcos López authorized a
criminal complaint charging him with one count of Attempted Sex Tra-
fficking of Children, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico Rosa
Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez announced Monday. According to the affidavit
supporting the criminal complaint, on Sept. 30, Joseph Neil Bronson Jr.
responded to an advertisement on an internet based classified website.
The ad was listed as an “escort service” specializing in “young girls” in
Puerto Rico. Bronson responded to the ad, writing “that he liked girls
with smaller bodies,” who were between the “ages of 10 and 12 years
of age for full service,” and who were clean and shaved. ..."


SEARCH FOR ANSWERS IN EL FARO SINKING


From Caribbean Business:

"The 41-year-old El Faro was scheduled to be retired from Caribbean
duty and retrofitted in the coming months for service between the West Co-
ast and Alaska, said Phil Greene, another Tote executive. The El Faro and
its equally aged sister vessel were being replaced on the Jacksonville-to-Pu-
erto Rico run by two brand-new ships capable of carrying much more cargo
and emitting less pollution..."


PR BANKRUPTCY BILL ADDS CO-SPONSORS


From Reuters:

"A bill to allow Puerto Rico's distressed public agencies to access
Chapter 9 bankruptcy laws has drawn several Democratic co-sponsors but
is not a partisan move, the U.S. commonwealth's representative in Congress
said on Tuesday. Puerto Rico, with $72 billion debt and in recession for
nearly a decade, is trying to renegotiate its debt. The U.S. territory defaul-
ted in August by paying only a fraction of what was due on some bonds..."


PUERTO RICO ENDURES RECORD HEAT


From Yahoo! News:

"Puerto Rico is facing a record-breaking heat wave this month amid an
ongoing drought. The National Weather Service said the first five days
of October are the  warmest in the history of the U.S. territory for the
month since record-keeping began..."



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