MANILA, Philippines – Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) recently arrested a Belgian national in Bohol province for allegedly forcing dozens of children to have sex with him.
Prosper Slachmuylders, 76, was caught naked with a young girl in a bedroom when operatives of the NBI Anti-Human Trafficking Division raided his house on June 27.
He was renting a house in Purok 2, Barangay Soom, Trinidad town.
“We were surprised to see a young girl completely naked inside the bedroom in the company of Prosper Slachmuylders, who was also naked. The master’s bedroom was well lit and therefore quite visible when viewed from the outside,” NBI Agent III Mark Zacarias told reporters on Thursday, July 2.
The suspect, he said, is claiming to be a former mayor of Belgium.
The NBI agents secured a warrant of arrest from Judge Irma Zita of Talibon, Bohol, Regional Trial Court Branch 52.
Authorities were acting on a complaint filed by Citizen Crime Watch, which alleged that the suspect was sexually exploitating female high school students, forcing them to have sex with him in front of the camera.
“He used a samurai [sword] to threaten his victims whenever they tried to turn down the invitation of the foreigner for them to have sex with him,” the NBI agent said.
One of the victims, a 16-year-old girl, said in her affidavit that she applied as a househelp after her father worked as a carpenter for Slachmuylders.
She was later on forced to do give the foreigner a massage every night, which always led to sexual intercourse.
“She narrated to us that Slachmuylders threatened to use his samurai [sword] when she declined to have sex with him. Every night she would be forced to give him a massage, which will then end up in a sexual intercourse,” Zacarias said.
Zacarias said the NBI had located at least 25 other girls victimized by Slachmuylders.
Durin the raid, NBI agents seized several computers that contained photos of naked young women and sex videos that Slachmuylders recorded.
The Belgian national is facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009, RA 9208 or the Anti-trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, and RA 9208 or the Child Abuse Law.
He is detained at the Bohol Provincial Jail. – Rappler.com