53-year old man from Frankfurt arrested for abusing children while living in the Philippines

The man sexually abused at least 6 girls, aged 10 to 13, and recorded the acts on video. The recordings eventually led to his arrest.

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Why this story matters:

This is just one among many similar cases around the world: a European man goes to South-East Asia, where he suddenly turns from law-abiding citizen into sexual predator. He takes advantage of the vulnerability of local children and gets away with abusing children for years. 

In the last decades, this issue has been compounded by the spread of the internet. Now, sexual predators don't even need to go to a far-away country. They can find their victims online and force them to perform sexual acts on camera (as this German man also did).

And while the police in Europe can still prosecute such men and break up child porn rings, it cannot do much to alleviate the deeper roots of such problems: the power dynamic between a wealthy European man and a vulnerable child from a poor community.

And cases like this only prove that the inequality, and the crime it breeds, has also become global.

Details from the story:

  • A German man, 53, sexually abused 6 girls while living in the Philippines
  • He offered them money and valuable gifts to perform sex acts that he recorded on camera
  • Research from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows that 60% of child abuse content is now found in Europe.
  • The IWF data also indicated that such materials are most commonly found in Western Europe, with the Netherlands on top of the ranking.
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