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November 25, 2005

Written by C.N.

Gary Glitter’s Troubles in Viet Nam

Last week, media such as CBS News, have been reporting that government officials have been looking to arrest former ’70s rock star Gary Glitter (whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd) on allegations that he had sex with two underaged girls — a 12 year old and a 15 year old. There are reports that he was finally arrested trying to board a plane out of Viet Nam. One of my favorite sports commentators, Jim Rome, had this comment about this situation:

Gary Glitter is in some very hot water in Vietnam. Remember, Glitter is the guy who came up with the rock anthem, “Rock and Roll Part II”. This is the song that’s played in every sports arena everywhere. Anyway, I don’t think he’s going to be composing any more songs for a while, or ever, for that matter.

Glitter was arrested in Vietnam Saturday on child molestation charges as he was attempting to board a plane. Local authorities had been looking for Glitter for 2 days after he it was announced that he was wanted for questioning after he was accused of having sex with 2 girls, one 15, the other 12. If he’s found guilty of his crimes, he could face up to 12 years in the hole.

Believe it or not, this is the very least of his problems. Glitter could also face the death penalty if convicted of child rape, which would be carried out by a firing squad. Yes, you heard me right, a firing squad.

You know, I don’t have a huge problem with this. If he’s going to be touching 12-year-old girls, then I think a firing squad is an appropriate punishment. In fact, I wish we had that he in the Untied States. I bet a lot fewer 12-year-olds would be getting touched if people knew the punishment was a blindfold, a final cigarette, and a few bullets to the chest. Hopefully Michael Jackson has a trip planned to Vietnam in the near future.

I’m not sure if I completely share Jim Rome’s opinion but his sentiment is well taken. Child prostitution is unfortunately a big problem in several Asian countries. The CBS News article also notes that Gary Glitter was previous convicted of possessing child pornography in England and was permanently expelled from Cambodia a couple of years ago, for “unknown reasons.”

Perhaps Gary Glitter’s situation will make pedophiles think twice the next time they feel the need to travel to Asian countries to satisfy their urges.


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