A child abuse case which began in the United Kingdom and ended in the Philippines will cost a British man most of his remaining life in prison.
47-year-old Trevor Monk, of south east London, paid a whopping £15,000 to watch child sex abuse in Manila on his webcam.
Police discovered more than 1700 videos and 80,000 images of children on a raid at Monk’s home in March last year.
Monk admitted to possession and manufacturing indecent images of children. He also admitted to assault on minors under 13, and inciting a child to engage in sexual activities.
In all, Monk pleaded guilty to a total of 18 charges.
Among images found at his home were those of an eight-year-old and a three-year-old who he later admitted he sexually abusing.
The judge in the case described the photographs as “harrowing images of very young children being abused and degraded in the most vile manner.”
The judge told Monk “Your actions were depraved and revolting. It is astonishing that anyone would want to film such abuse, but you did. I have no doubt you did so so that you could watch it again for your own sexual gratification.”
Monk is said to have paid “facilitators” to watch live streams of abuse and to access children during a two-week trip in 2014.
The National Crime Agency arrested Monk during an investigation into UK nationals who pay to live-stream child abuse in the Philippines.
It was found during the investigation for his crimes, Monk spent just shy of £15,000 for ‘shows’ from his home. He later travelled to Manila to abuse children in person.
Officials said that cases like Monk’s represents a growing problem with foreign men who are ordering abusive streaming videos over the internet.
Monk was arrested with cooperation between police forces in the UK, US, Australia and the Philippines.
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