Originally published on Yahoo News Digest on June 6, 2016—
“A British pedophile who abused 23 Malaysian and Cambodian children and babies, including one just 6 months old, was sentenced to life in prison by a London court on Monday. Dubbed the country’s “worst pedophile” by Britain’s media, Richard Huckle was sentenced to 22 life sentences to be served concurrently after pleading guilty to 71 offenses against children he groomed while posing as a volunteer working with Christian communities in the Malaysian capital.
“A thousand deaths is too good for you.”
A woman shouted from the public gallery of London’s Old Bailey court
Huckle, 30, was 19 when he began the abuse in March 2006, targeting a 2-year-old child in Cambodia. The rest of the abuse until his arrest took place in Malaysia. One of the most prolific child sex abusers known to have operated in Malaysia, Huckle kept a hidden ledger of his activities on his computer, where he awarded himself points for different types of abuse and made references to 191 children. He produced his own online pedophile manual advising others on how to abuse children and escape detection. A rights group in Malaysia said the Huckle case was the tip of the iceberg.”
“Sadly, child sex abuse is very prevalent in Malaysia.”
Sharmila Sekaran of advocacy group Voice of the Children