STOCKHOLM – A Swedish court jailed a Swede for eight years on Thursday for paying poor women in the Philippines to rape young kids as he watched on a videolink from his computer in Sweden, local media reported.
The Haessleholm district court in southern Sweden found the 52-year-old man, whose name was not disclosed, guilty of 11 charges of inciting aggravated rape and one count of conspiracy to commit it, both unusual indictments, news agency TT said.
The man contacted the women in 2009 on chat sites. They were either relatives or acquaintances of the children, who were aged 5 to 8.
The women used the money they were paid to buy rice, school books and other necessities for the children.
Authorities discovered the abuse when police seized the man’s computer in another matter, and found screenshots of the rapes.
The man denied the charges and said someone must have manipulated his computer.