Belgian nabbed for human trafficking

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Belgian nabbed for human trafficking

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BUSTED. An operative of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) escorts former Belgian Mayor Prosper Slachmuylders, 76, as he alights from a van while two victims of his long time human trafficking operations are interrogated at the local NBI offices yesterday afternoon.
BUSTED. An operative of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) escorts former Belgian Mayor Prosper Slachmuylders, 76, as he alights from a van while two victims of his long time human trafficking operations are interrogated at the local NBI offices yesterday afternoon.

The long arms of the country’s premier investigative agency caught up with a Belgian national suspected of engaging in the trafficking of children, child abuse and child pornography in a northern town of Bohol.

NBI Director Atty. Virgilio Mendez, a Boholano ordered surveillance operations and arrest the Belgian suspect after human trafficking reports reached the NBI.

A team of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents caught “in flagrante delicto” a 76 year old Belgian national Prosper Slachmuylders allegedly naked and in a supine position with a similarly naked girl lying prone on top in Purok 2 Barangay Soom, Trinidad, Bohol during a raid conducted in the early morning of June 27, 2015.

Atty Czar Nuqui, Chief of the NBI’s Anti Human Trafficking Division (AHTRAD), in an exclusive interview, told The Chronicle that more than a hundred pictures showing more than twenty young girls from Barangay Soom and neighboring barangays in different stages of undress were discovered in the room of the Belgian national.

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A laptop found in the suspect’s room will undergo computer forensic procedures and protocol to determine if the pictures were uploaded and sent to thousands of pedophiles world wide.

Four sachets of suspected shabu, an improvised tooter, bottles of beer and brandy including a “samurai” were also found, all littered in the rented house, according to Nuqui.

Slachmuylders who claims to be a former district mayor of Berschem, a southern district of the municipality and city of Antwerp, Belgium in 2001 to 2007 is now in the custody of the NBI.

“Bohol is prone to human trafficking because it is a tourist area with foreigners roaming the province under the pretext of seeing the tourist spots but actually on the look-out for nubile girls, an easy prey because of poverty”.

DENIAL

“This is a frame-up and orchestrated by my former girlfriend who wants to get hold of my properties”, the Belgian told The Chronicle before his mug shots were taken by the NBI.

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“The agents planted the drugs. I don’t even smoke and I have a heart disease. My ex girlfriend placed the pictures to embarass me. What’s wrong with those pictures? They are private”, fumed Slachmuylders who resented pictures taken by DYRD reporter Willie Maestrado.

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Armed with a search warrant issued by RTC Branch 52 Presiding Judge Irma Zita Masamayor, the 7 man NBI team swooped down on the rented house of Slachmuylders at 12:30 in the morning of Saturday, June 27, 2015.

COMPROMISED

A video taken before the NBI agents conducted the search showed Slachmuylders embracing a 17 year old girl after a curtain in the room of the Belgian remained open.

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Two of the girls who were at the NBI satellite office in Barangay Dao, Tagbilaran City told The Chronicle that “at times our private parts were fondled by Slackmuylders and were made to pose naked before the camera but he could not make it with us because of his age”.

One 16 year old victim narrated to The Chronicle her ordeal “I was made to face the camera naked and my private parts fondled by Slachmuylder” with chocolates a few hundred pesos and drinks given to her after the so called sessions.

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According to the victim, Slachmuylders and her father  were “close friends” but apparently her father was not aware of the Belgian’s activities with the young girls from the barangays.

Five girls who were brought to the NBI satellite office in Barangay Dao, Tagbilaran City, four were identified among the hundreds of pictures of naked girls by Soom Barangay Captain Rolando Ibale.

“I was shocked when I saw the pictures of the girls from my barangay”, exclaimed Ibale as he told The Chronicle that “Slachmuylder was a generous person and was an active participant and donor of barangay affairs”.

Because of Slachmuylder’s good behavior, Ibarle considered him a “person above suspicion” until his arrest on Saturday.

PERSONA NON GRATA

But a petition signed by 34 concerned barangay residents told a different story. Sent to President Benigno Aquino lll, the petitioners told the President that the Belgian “always engaged in hiring women mostly minors inviting them to enter his private room in his house and induce them to remove their clothes and show to him their nude and private part of their bodies and even do an indecent , immoral, unethical and unlawful act”.

Girls who refuse to remove their clothes were threatened by Slackmuylders with physical harm with the use of a samurai, the petitioners said.

Portrayed by petitioners as a trouble maker, the Belgian national was alleged to be “harassing some members of the family of the true landowner of the land he resided and neighbors in a constant and repeated way creating an unpleasant or hostile situation that disturb the peace and tranquility of our place  we live in”.

Copies of the petition for the immediate deportation of Slachmuylders were furnished to Siegfred Mison, Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

NAUSEATED

Ibarle was with the three girls who arrived from Trinidad late yesterday evening together with their parents who were still in a state of shock when informed by the NBI and was shown pictures of their naked daughters.

A parent broke down in tears after narrating to The Chronicle her pain and shock when she saw the pictures of her daughter topless “I was speechless and until now I did not tell my husband and the boyfriend of my daughter what I saw”.

Her daughter, according to the distraught mother was employed as house helper by the Belgian who paid her tuition at the Soom Integrated School.

Barangay Soom with a population of 1716 according to the 2010 population census was home for five years of the Belgian after his house in Barangay Camambugan, Ubay was stoned by irate residents.

The Chronicle learned that Slachmuylder was a holder of a Special Resident Retiree Visa (SRRV) but was changed to temporary visitor visa after he withdrew his deposit to pay for an illness.

On 2011, according to Department of Social Welfare and Development, Bohol Crisis Intervention Center Acting Manager Donabelle Mante, Slachmuylder was accused of child abuse by the Tagbilaran City Police but the case was dropped by the City Prosecutors Office after the parents of the two minors who were with him suddenly withdrew the case against the Belgian national.

Cases for violation of provisions of RA 9208 or the “Anti Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, RA 7610 or the “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” and RA 9775 known as the “Anti Child Pornography Act of 2009 will be filed by the NBI against Prosper Slachmuylder on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Provincial Prosecutors Office, according to Nuqui.

The filing of an additional case for content related offenses under the Cybersex provisions of RA 10175 known as “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012” will follow depending on the outcome of forensic examination of the laptop of Slachmuylder for incriminating evidence, according to the NBI. (CMV)

8 Comments

  1. Jeroen Hellingman Jeroen Hellingman June 29, 2015

    Sad to see people like this can still operate for a very long time in the Philippines. This person as was a (kind-of) mayor in the Antwerp suburb of Berchem, where he already was controversial in 2005 for (allegedly) using community funds for trips to … the Philippines. He was also a long time member of the Knights of Rizal (a little searching on the internet and knowledge of Dutch will reveal several controversies around him, also in this organization). Back in his home country, he played the moral high-hand and vehemently opposed performing gay marriages when this was legalized in Belgium; but at the same time away from home…

    • Evelyn D. Tudtud Evelyn D. Tudtud June 30, 2015

      It’s worse to say but this man is using his power doing such things in our country whom he maybe thought he is free to do whatever he want. Philippine law is not tolerating such crime mostly done by foreigners. Foreigner wishing or dreaming to live in Philippine soil must behave because whatever crime they committed sooner or later they pay for it.

  2. Evan Iliadis Evan Iliadis June 30, 2015

    Jeroen Hellingman said.

    “He was also a long time member of the Knights of Rizal (a little searching on the internet and knowledge of Dutch will reveal several controversies around him”

    Maybe Hans Schoof should come explain us who are these foreigners, mostly northern Europeans that have ridiculed the name of the most illustrious man in the Philippines, that is Dr Jose Rizal.
    The Knights of Rezal social club has no historical basis for its creation, is nothing else of a bunch of adventurers entering a club in search of contacts within “the elite” Filipino community for the purpose off?.. What a German, a Dutch, a Belgian, a Canadian has ever had in common with this special Filipino Citizen?

    Then I read this:
    “A petition signed by 34 concerned barangay residents told a different story. Sent to President Benigno Aquino lll, the petitioners told the President that the Belgian “always engaged in hiring women mostly minors inviting them to enter his private room in his house and induce them to remove their clothes and show to him their nude and private part of their bodies and even do an indecent , immoral, unethical and unlawful act”.

    Question: How many concerned residents needed to sign a petition for the NBI to trigger an investigation?
    Answer: 34 or 1034 wont make a difference as long as the President of the Philippines is himself a member of the Knights of Rizal. Prosper Slachmuylders Knew that.

    Evan ILIADIS Songculan Dauis Bohol

  3. Jeroen Hellingman Jeroen Hellingman July 7, 2015

    My problem is not with the Knights of Rizal, which is a kind of social networking club of the type he himself probably also would have liked (given his membership of freemasonry, and the circles he was in while living in Europe in the 1880’s.). All I can say that on my first visit to the Philippines, and reading his Noli, I was impressed by this man and his story, which is significant in history also beyond the Philippines, so it adds to my irritation that people abuse his heritage.

    My problem is that some people think they are above the law and can do as they like because they have money, connections, and a big mouth (and big nose and white skin). Due to the economic disparity between western countries and the Philippines, foreigners are almost automatically “rich” when they settle in the Philippines, and can buy silence or looking another way. However, there is no way they can silence radyo baktas, and the damage they cause, not only to those minors abused (which should be considered first), but also to the cordial relationships between the Boholanos and increasing group of resident foreigners. I’ve been visiting Bohol since 1998, and have seen the tensions increase and the traditional openness and friendliness of the Boholano turn into a more reserved attitude.

    • Evan ILIADIS Evan ILIADIS July 13, 2015

      “My problem is not with the Knights of Rizal, which is a kind of social networking club of the type he himself probably also would have liked (given his membership of freemasonry”

      Just to let you know that Freemasonry, where Jose Rizal was a member, has nothing of a social clubs’ show off and self promotion through cheap charitable events for the FB picture and hope they’ll see their name on the billboard of the local press.
      Rizal was looking for support at the same place the French Revolution was “designed”, the Grand Orient De Frace that is, the Masonic obedience that chartered Solridad Lodge in Spain, Rizal’s mother Lodge. Long story, little known by the community at large.

      Just my 2 centavos.

    • Crystal Crystal July 14, 2015

      Ignore Evan Iliadis, all you have to do is google his name and then you can see why. He ran away from Bohol many years ago, never to return under pain of arrest. He lives in france and hates Rotarians, Knights of Rizal and any other person or organization that does not agree with him.

      As for the Belgian guy he must face the courts and then accept the system. Does not matter if foreigner or pinoy, the law is for all.

      • lala lala July 15, 2015

        I agree with you Crystal. Hope that our Law in Philippines wil put this prosper Slachmuylders in jail for good. Deporting this man in his country wil only give him possibilities to do it again.
        If they let go these belgian out of jail it only means our law in Philippines is the most hopeless one it wil be abused more and more by foriegner.

  4. Andreas Hüttner Andreas Hüttner August 3, 2015

    A very interesting report.
    There are many reasons to doubt the illustrated version.
    Therefore the following points would be appointed.
    From my own experience and my knowledge as a former police officer in Germany, I can only exhibit of the Philippine police work a testimony to the vote insufficient.
    The impression of my observations of the Philippine police gave the impression that the relevant knowledge from movies (Komedie) we was based “Police Academy”.
    A laptop a foresik investigation subjecting are grandiloquent words for “we’ll see after what is on the hard drive.” Anyone can mediocre 9th grade students in Germany. So – a job for beginners.
    The fun part is the inclusion of Mison and De Lima.
    Meanwhile, is known worldwide that this selfish subjects are masters of lies, corruption and forgery.
    To use this beideb subjects as a figurehead for justice, humanity and humanistic ethics is the same as if one worships a prostitute as a holy virgin. (Our own experience in the Philippines! The two subjects have tried to loot the wrong.)
    And as the most important.
    Why go minors to such an old goat? To collect money in one way or another.
    In my opinion, include child molesters, pimps, and drug dealers together with corrupt officials in the gas chamber.
    The best solution in terms of their victims.

    Young girls can not blame basically. The debt is to look at those who are responsible for the catastrophic conditions, this poverty and lack of opportunity.
    The country, with a false smile on his face plundering, as Aquino III, Mison, De Lima and all the other corrupt slaves of that government.
    These subjects make this seen here states possible.
    The basis for this is Mileau poverty.
    Lack of education. Associated lack of opportunities in their professional lives.
    Just a vicious circle.
    Help comes only through a truly patriotic President. And it can only be with the sincere help of his Filipinos provide that country to lead you out of darkness, in the Philippines stuck.
    Here a little campaigning for a better government!
    http://www.philippinen-blacklist.com

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