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Swiss couple charged in India with sexually abusing children

A Swiss couple from canton Zug have been formally charged in the Indian city of Bombay with sexually abusing children. The news was confirmed on Wednesday by Switzerland's foreign ministry.

The Swiss, who were arrested in Bombay last December, have been charged with kidnapping minors, abusing them sexually and trafficking in pornographic material involving children. They face up to 10 years in prison.

The couple deny all the charges.

Bombay's head of police, Shirin Inamdar, said a trial was expected to begin soon, but did not specify a date.

During the arrest, police say they seized a computer and photographic equipment. They allege the couple lured street children with money and gifts, and then filmed them engaged in sexual acts, before selling the pictures.

Police believe the couple have been active for the past 10 years in India and Bangladesh.

swissinfo with agencies


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