Swedish Court to issue verdict on the Filipino ‘webcam rape’

The prosecutor has asked that a court in Hässleholm jail a 52-year-old Swedish man for 14 years if he is found guilty on Thursday of ordering 18 rapes on Filipino minors via webcam.

Charges have been filed against the 52-year-old since November last year.

The man is suspected of having paid Filipino women to sexually assault children in front of their webcams, while he watched from home in Sweden.

“He has paid them to get children, and then they’ve connected web cameras and then the women have, according to his demands, assaulted the children while he sat home watching,” Liz Berglund of the National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen) told Sveriges Radio (SR) last year when the man was held on remand.

The children involved were often related or lived near the women, who sometimes even took the kids out of school to be abuse for money when they were short of money.

The case is legally unique in Sweden as the suspected offender and his victims were in different countries, although police suspect that the crime itself is not rare.

“This is the first time someone has been revealed in such a case in Sweden but he is probably not the first to do this.”

According to the TT news agency, the alleged crimes took place between 2008 and 2009. Many of the children were younger than seven.

The court in Hässleholm is expected to issue its verdict on Thursday.

It is not the first time a Swedish citizen has been tried for sex crimes in the Philippines. In May 2012, a 76-year-old was jailed for sexually abusing poor children whom he had been teaching.

In 2011, two Swedish IT entrepreneurs were jailed for life in the Philippines for running a “cyber-sex den”, or online brothel.

[ilink]Source:  http://www.thelocal.se/45526/20130110/#.UO54jOS6eRZ[/ilink]

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