Richard Schair Seeks to Delay Amazon Sex Tourism Trafficking Lawsuit

Richard Shair, a Georgia man accused of offering sex with underage girls and drugs to passengers on fishing excursions in the Amazon, is attempting to delay the lawsuit, which comes on the heels of a Brazilian investigation.

According to Bloomberg, Richard Schair filed papers on Wednesday seeking to delay a suit brought by four young woman who claim to have been "coerced into performing sex acts with Schair and his customers" aboard the Amazon Santana, a high-end river cruiser popular with wealthy American fishers.

Mr. Schair is requesting the case be delayed because the lawsuit is a civil case and he is currently the subject of a federal investigation. The case, when tried, will be the first trial allowing victims to seek damages under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which is aimed at combating sex tourism.

According to Newsvine, Schair was previously indicted in Brazil for rape, corruption of minors and operating a prostitution network. He was suspected of supplying young women to a group of Shriners. There was photographic evidence.

Travel companies operating in out-of-the-way places - the Amazon being a prime example - frequently have the opportunity to misbehave without fear of their crimes being witnessed - something to keep in mind when checking out outfitters or planning for a trip.

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