Feds: Florida man arranged 'pedophile sex tours' in Ecuador

Posted Mar 8, 2014 by Brett Wilkins
A Central Florida man is behind bars after federal agents arrested him on suspicion of running pedophile sex tours in Ecuador.
Patrick Minga
Patrick Minga
police photo/WFTV
Patrick Minga, 50, was arrested Friday by sheriff's deputies and federal agents in Hunstville, Alabama. According to a criminal complaint filed in Orlando, Florida on Friday, US Homeland Security Investigations agents began investigating Minga last August after he published a Craigslist post advertising "sex tours" in Ecuador.
"We have the best females from Colombia and Ecuador," the ad read. "Lodging, food and unlimited females for $1,395 for 7 days."
According to the Orlando Sentinel, an undercover agent posing as a potential customer told Minga he wanted to have sex with young girls. WESH reports Minga promised girls "that were under the age of 13."
Minga told the undercover agent he could arrange the sex in his wife's hometown of San Jose de Minas, where he claimed he "ran the whole town." The suspect also allegedly told the agent he has been involved in sex tourism for many years and that it is "very clean" in Ecuador, the Sentinel reports.
Minga will be extradited from Alabama to face a federal judge in Orlando.
"Any time we deal with anybody who wants to sexually exploit children, it's disgusting to us," Maj. Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff's Department told WFTV.
"The ultimate result is what happened today: arresting a person, taking him off the street," added Goodyear, who said Minga's arrest could lead to further investigations.
"We were able to recover some evidence at the time of the arrest that we hope is going to lead us to other people and give us a better idea of what the operation is, how far-reaching it goes," said Goodyear.