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SEX ABUSE

Norwegian jailed for ordering online child sex abuse in Philippines

A 71-year-old Norwegian man was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison on Monday for ordering sexual assaults to be carried out online against dozens of young Filipinas.

Norwegian jailed for ordering online child sex abuse in Philippines
Søre Sunnmøre district court. Photo: Statsbygg

“With his actions, the accused contributed to a sex industry that brutally exploits vulnerable children in the worst possible way,” the Søre Sunnmøre district court in western Norway wrote in its verdict.

Between 2012 and 2013, the man used an online video calling service to contact people in the Philippines.

He paid them to, under his instructions, sexually assault minors under the age of 14, the youngest one “probably between three and five years old”, while he watched, the court found.

The court said there were “at least” 48 victims but the actual number could be much higher because of difficulties identifying them.

“The court finds that the victims are living in an almost inhumane situation that the accused helped perpetuate with his actions,” the verdict said.

Norwegian police were alerted by the United States FBI as part of a larger case the latter was probing.

Investigators found more than 36,000 photographs and videos containing child pornography in his possession.

“I went into a bubble and I was going through a very difficult time in my personal life,” the accused told the court during his trial, according to broadcaster NRK.

The sentence handed down was slightly higher than the 12 years the prosecution had called for.

The victims' young age was considered an aggravating factor for the sentencing.

IMMIGRATION

Norway ex-minister charged with sexual abuse of asylum seekers

A former Norwegian cabinet minister was charged on Wednesday with sexually abusing three asylum seekers over a period of several years, prosecution authorities said.

Norway ex-minister charged with sexual abuse of asylum seekers
2008 file photo of Svein Ludvigsen. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Svein Ludvigsen, 72, was charged with one count of taking advantage of his position as regional governor, and one count of exploiting the asylum seekers' vulnerable situation, to abuse them sexually.
 
“The prosecution authorities have charged a former politician with the sexual abuse of three people,” prosecutor Tor Børge Nordmo said at a press conference.
 
The three are adults but much younger than Ludvigsen, and one of them suffers from a mild intellectual disability.
 
The events took place in his home, countryhouse, hotels and even at the governor's office in Tromso in northern Norway, between 2011 and 2017, according to the charges.
 
Before becoming regional governor, the former conservative politician held several high-ranking positions, including the post of fisheries minister from 2001 to 2005.
 
Ludvigsen, who was arrested in early 2018 and released from custody after five weeks, has denied the charges against him.