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August 14, 2013

China | Crime

Shenzhen arrests visa-dodging English teachers

teach-English-in-China.jpgThe Shenzen Daily reports on a crackdown on English teachers working in the southern Chinese city without a visa.

Several foreigners who do not possess valid teaching certificates or working permits were arrested at English training centers in Nanshan District recently.

They were suspected of illegal employment and were taken away by the exit-entry management department of the Nanshan District’s Public Security Sub-bureau for further investigation, Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday.

The bureau did not reveal how many foreigners had been arrested or give further details as investigations into the cases are still continuing.

At present, there are about 13,000 foreign residents living in Nanshan District, accounting for 42 percent of the expatriate population in the city.

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August 08, 2013

Tanzania | Crime

Zanzibar: Acid thrown on two British women volunteer teachers

teach-English-in-Tanzania.jpgCNN reports on two British women who were the victims of an acid attack in Tanzania. The two were teaching English on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar through i-to-i Travel.

Two British women were injured in an acid attack carried out by two men on a motorcycle on the east African island of Zanzibar, local police said Thursday.

The women, who were attacked in Stone Town, the island's historic center, had been working as volunteer teachers on the island, travel firm i-to-i Travel said. Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with tourists.

The attack occurred Wednesday night as the women were walking unaccompanied along a street, said police commander Muccadam Khamis. The attackers, who did not take anything from their victims, left the scene on the motorbike, he said. The women were taken to a local medical center for first aid treatment, he added.

British consular officials then helped them reach the city of Dar es Salaam, on the Tanzanian mainland, where they received hospital treatment, he said. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are concerned to hear of an attack on two British nationals in Zanzibar on 7 August. We are providing consular assistance and are in contact with the Tanzanian authorities."

The women, who were in the final week of their trip when they were attacked, have now been discharged from the hospital in Dar es Salaam, i-to-i Travel said in a statement.

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April 30, 2013

China | US | France | Crime

English teachers in sex scandals

crimewatch-english-teacher.jpgWhen English teachers make the news, it's not always for good reasons. And when the students are underage, the stories range from borderline consensual to downright predatory. Just the last few days have seen several stories reported from around the world.

Foreign English teachers in China face tighter supervision in the wake of two child sex scandals in Beijing and Nanjing. The government has issued an "urgent notice" on regulating teachers' "daily activities" after two foreigners, one with a criminal record for child pornography and the other on the run from child-sex charges, were able to get jobs as English teachers.

One of the men, a 63-year-old American twice convicted of child pornography offenses in the US, is believed to have already left China. The other is 46-year-old Briton Neil Robinson (show on the BBC's "Crimewatch" website), who is wanted for questioning by British police in connection with child sex offenses. He has been detained by Chinese police for overstaying his visa. Both men worked as English teachers for several years without their past records being exposed. Sources cite poor enforcement of regulations restricting which schools could hire foreign teachers and rigorous background checks before registration as "a foreign expert" and receipt of a work permit.

Read the full story at the South China Morning Post.

In the US, a 27-year-old married English teacher in Virginia has been arrested after having an inappropriate relationship with her 17-year-old student. She has been charged with several offenses, including use of a mobile phone to send lewd photos, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Read the full story at Examiner.com.

Reports suggest a slightly more lenient approach in the case of an English teacher in the French city of Lille who had a "consensual" relationship with her 14-year-old female pupil. The girl's parents became suspicious of their daughter’s behaviour, and found hidden letters, emails and text messages of an erotic and romantic nature. They consulted medical and school authorities before the case was brought to the police. The teacher, who is 34 and unmarried, had already been transferred to a different school by the time the affair was revealed and is due to appear in court in June.

Read the full story at The Local.

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