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Tsunami victims fall prey to crime in Asia, Europe

[JURIST] Survivors and families of victims of last week's tsunami disaster in South Asia are falling prey to thieves, rapists, kidnappers and hoaxers. Sri Lanka's Women and Media Collective said Monday that they "have received reports of incidents of rape, gang rape, molestation and physical abuse of women and girls in the course of unsupervised rescue operations and while resident in temporary shelters." Humanitarian relief organization Save the Children has warned that those orphaned by the tsunami are especially vulnerable to sexual exploitation. In Sweden, names of victims are being kept secret after some homes were looted by thieves. Reuters has more. A British man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of malicious communication and causing a public nuisance for sending emails to relatives of missing people. The emails purported to be from Thailand's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and stated "that the UK Government regretted to inform the victim that the missing person they were inquiring about was confirmed dead." BBC News has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has ongoing coverage of the tsunami disaster.

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