Five Filipino teenagers are suing a British pedophile for allegedly abusing them while he was on the run from justice in the Philippines.
Notorious child molester Douglas Slade was convicted by the Bristol Crown Court in 2016 of abusing 13 children in the UK between the 1960s and the 1980s. He was sentenced to serve 24 years in prison for his crimes.
Known as “Britain’s vilest man,” Slade openly ran a helpline for child sex abusers from his parents’ home and boasted about running Pedophile Information Exchange (PIE), the notorious 1970s group which campaigned to legalize sex with children, according to MailOnline.
The 77-year-old pedophile was able to avoid prosecution for about 20 years by fleeing to the Philippines in 1985, since the country has no extradition treaty with the U.K.
In the Philippines, he built a house overlooking an elementary school and allegedly used money to lure pupils as young as eight into his home where he abused them.
He arrived back in the U.K. to face eight charges of sexual abuse in 2015 after he was arrested by Filipino immigration authorities.
His victims from the Philippines have now taken their case to the U.K.’s High Court and are seeking tens of thousands of pounds in compensation. According to the Filipino claimants, Slade ruined their childhoods by subjecting them to rape and other forms of sexual abuse.
Their lawyer, Justin Levinson, stated during the preliminary hearing last week that it was the first case in which foreign abuse victims have brought a case in the U.K. The hearing has been set to commence in October.
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