Vadim Scott Benderman in a photo released by Hanoi police
Hanoi police have launched an investigation after a Canadian man was accused of having sex with homeless boys between 13 and 15 years old, local media reported.
Vadim Scott Benderman, 45, was arrested last Friday, according to news website VnExpress.
Police said the man frequented some lakes and parks in the city where he would approach homeless boys and ask them to follow him to his place.
He had sex with the boys, aged 13-15, and paid them VND100,00-400,000 (US$4-17) each time.
Police have identified four of the boys hailing from Hanoi and nearby provinces.
Police said Benderman entered Vietnam in June 2014 on a tourist visa.
He played music at a bar in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and taught English at a language training center.
Local media pointed out that he had been arrested in Cambodia, also for having sex with a minor.
In January 2014, Cambodian newspapers Koh Santepheap Daily and Phnom Penh Post reported that Benderman was arrested in a hotel room, thanks to a tip-off from the hotel.
Police said he brought a 14-year-old boy to the room for sex and paid the boy $2.
There have been no subsequent reports on him, until now.