Aguirre mayor accused of recruiting minors for porn production

Investigators detained the mayor of Aguirre and an accomplice Wednesday on allegations of human trafficking and embezzlement following an investigation into sexual exploitation of minors and misuse of government resources.

The mayor, Lutgardo Bolaños Gómez, 45, and his driver, identified by the last names of Ortega Arias, 44, made pornographic videos, filming underage girls and women picked from impoverished sectors of the country, said investigators.

The pair reportedly recruited females from areas such as Los
Guido, Pavas, La Carpio, Desamparados, Coronado, Pérez
Zeledón, Quepos and Golfito. They also allegedly billed the government and used official vehicles to make pornographic videos and conduct tours of those areas to recruit females.

The Ministerio Público reports that a four-month-long investigation has identified thus far five underage females and four adults who were involved in the scheme. Raids conducted Wednesday uncovered 600 compact discs and pornography on the computer belonging to Bolaños, agents said..

The canton of Aguirre contains the community of Quepos on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast.

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