A Canadian man who has been accused of having sex with homeless teenage boys in Hanoi will stand trial on Wednesday.
Vadim Scott Benderman, 45, who played music at a bar in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and taught English at a language training center, was caught having sex with a 15-year-old boy in his rented room in June.
Prosecutors 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 admitted that he had sex with the boys, aged 13-15, and paid them VND100,000-400,000 (US$4-17) each time.
Police have identified four of the boys hailing from Hanoi and nearby provinces.
Benderman entered Vietnam in 2014 on a tourist visa.
A reporter of Lao Dong Newspaper and a member of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation had secretly followed the Canadian man and recorded statements of the minor victims for months before reporting the case to local police, prompting an investigation.
If found guilty, he will face a jail term of up to seven years.
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 the hotel's tip-off.
Police said he brought a 14-year-old boy to the room for sex and paid the boy $2.