HAKALAU, Hawaii – A Big Island farmer has been found living in hiding in Florida, according to reports, after his victims in Hawaii came forward to sue him for child sexual abuse.
In a media release sent out by SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, former Hakalau farmer Jay Ram has been tracked down by VICE NEWS out of New York. A short “trailer” for the full news story set to be published on Monday was circulated this week.
Ram adopted dozens of boys in California and Hawaii and then allegedly used the boys for sex and slave labor. The story has been featured in local newspapers in the past, and was also covered by Big Island Video News. This interview with SNAP Western Regional Director Joelle Casteix even appears briefly in the VICE NEWS trailer.
According to SNAP, the boys were able to sue Ram for abuse because of a landmark Hawaii “window” law that allows victims of child sex abuse to use the civil courts for justice, no matter when the abuse occurred. The law expires on April 24.