Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Manila, the Philippines, where the arrest happened. Photo: Google Maps

An American man suspected of being a pedophile was arrested upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, the Philippines, on Monday.

Immigration officers arrested Piotr Kmita, 43, who arrived in Manila from Pudong, China. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Kmita was spotted outside the NAIA Terminal 1 meeting with a Filipina minor, Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

Bienvenido Castillo, the head of the BI-NAIA Border Control Intelligence Unit, said the United States government sought help to track Kmita’s whereabouts after they found he had sexually explicit conversations with the minor he met through Facebook.

BI chief Jaime Morente said Kmita was in the custody of police in Pampanga, where the rescued girl is from. Kmita will be charged with violating Republic Act 10364, or the expanded anti-trafficking in persons act, which penalizes the act of “procuring a child for prostitution and obtaining a person for the purpose of prostitution.”

Morente said Kmita would be deported to the US as soon as criminal charges against him are resolved. The American will first serve his sentence in the Philippines before being sent back to his country.

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