Bali village wrecked by evil pedophile
For the first time, villagers have spoken about the deep emotional scars inflicted by a German tourist who molested
at least 10 of the village's 50 young boys six years ago.
Some of the children were as young as nine.
The tourist ingratiated himself with the close-knit community through gifts and money. He bought the boys bicycles,
played soccer with them and ate with their parents.
Once he had gained their trust, he started taking them on road trips to see the beach. It was during these excursions
that he forced the boys to watch pornography. He later abused them.
His perverse acts reached their height when he brought a prostitute to the village and encouraged the boys to perform
sex acts on her the same acts they had seen on his computer.
He was only stopped when another traveller saw him with one of the boys in his car.
He was arrested, but served just six months in jail before being released to go home.
Local aid workers told The Sunday Times that he had bribed Indonesian authorities to soften his sentence.
He also bought the silence of the victims' families by giving them about $1000 each.
Six years later, his victims remain traumatised by their ordeal.
Until now, they have been denied help or counselling because the community's elders believed it was in the children's
best interests to just forget the incidents.
The Sunday Times joined the Children's Protection and Studies Center on its first visit to the village to offer
counselling to the boys.
One of the boys, a 15-year-old, said: ``I can't forget. It feels like it happened yesterday. The only time I forget
is when I'm busy. But when I stop I think about it again and I get sad.''
The 15-year-old said he wanted to finish school quickly so he could leave the village and its painful memories.
Another boy, aged 16, said he felt guilty for the shame he had brought to his family.
One boy, also aged 16, said he felt uncomfortable at times around his girlfriend.
He wanted to explain why, but his feelings got ``stuck in his throat'' when he tried to talk to her.
When asked to draw a picture of how he saw himself the boy drew himself without hands. Hands, he said, reminded him
of how he was molested.