Dutch child abuser arrested again in Cambodia

On July 30th 42-year-old Bas R. was arrested again in Cambodia. The Dutchman is suspected of abusing children. Together with partner organisation APLE (Action Pour Les Enfants), Terre des Hommes has previously helped to gather evidence to speed up his arrest and conviction.

Notorious offender

Bas R. is a notorious child abuser. He was convicted of abusing a twelve year old boy in the Netherlands when he worked as sailing instructor in 2004. Despite a ban, he started working with minors as a sailing instructor again in 2005. After a visit from Dutch tv-reporter Peter R. de Vries in 2007 he disappeared. In 2009, R. reappeared in the Cambodian town of Siem Raep where he was running an orphanage. In 2011 he was again suspected of abusing children who live with him. However, he was not convicted because the children withdrew their statements. R. was acquitted due to lack of evidence. A second report of child abuse against him was also not pursued.

Help of Terre des Hommes 

In 2013 Terre des Hommes and partner organization APLE start helping to collect evidence. In 2014 a Dutch lawyer brought criminal proceedings against R. in The Netherlands on behalf of two Cambodian boys. Recently, the Dutch and Cambodian authorities started to cooperate to bring the Dutchman to court. Bas R. was arrested again, also due to the tireless and committed work done by partnerorganisation APLE.

Scare of convicted child abusers

Terre des Hommes is truly hoping that this time Bas R. will be convicted. Not only for what Bas R. did, but also because it will be a strong message for convicted child abusers. Endorsing that they can no longer travel abroad and continue to commit crimes against children and go unpunished.


In a report published in 2007 Terre des hommes had already warned that sex offenders can too easily move to countries where the legal system is weak. Due to the massive poverty and a lack of protection, children are at risk to become victims of child sex tourists. Terre des Hommes is also concerned about the lack of interest from the police and judicial authorities in countries where child sex tourism occurs due to limited capacity and corruption.

Travel restrictions

Terre des Hommes advocates monitoring  of the travel patterns of convicted sex offenders. If it appears that someone often travels to countries where child sex tourism flourishes, he or she may be subject to a travel restriction through the courts. Countries are then informed about the arrival of that person, so they can deny them access to the country.

Integrated approach

Child sex tourism is a complex problem, which requires an integrated approach. Terre des Hommes provides shelter to victims, works on poverty reduction by offering vocational education, trains police officers, identified suspects, offers legal support to children and informs parents about the harmful effects of child sexual abuse.

Source: https://www.terredeshommes.nl/en/news/dutch-child-abuser-arrested-again-cambodia


Articles You Might Like

Sex Abuse Victim Finds Justice after Years of Waiting

In the afternoon of the 1st of October, 67-year old Briton David John Fletcher has been extradited from Thailand to Cambodia. On May 9, 2011 Presiding Judge Ke Sakorn at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Fletcher to 10 years in prison for rape and ordered Fletcher to pay 20 million riel compensation (approx. US$5,000)

Cambodians get 15 years for attempted baby trafficking

Yesterday, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted Cambodian nationals Heng Chhon and Sam Na to 15 years imprisonment each for unlawful removal for cross-border transfer. They were both arrested in November 2013 while trying to cross the border to Thailand with a seven-month-old baby and two disabled men who they intended to bring illegally to

Country manager for travel agency arrested for child exploitation

Today Australian national T.L., 65, from Sydney was arrested by the Anti-human Trafficking Police in Siem Reap on two charges of purchasing child prostitution from at least two underage girls and making child pronograpy. T.L. became subject of an investigation after the victims stated that he paid them to have sex with him and that

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on email
Scroll to Top

Cookie Policy

We use cookies to personalize and improve your browsing experience. By clicking ‘Accept All’, you agree to  the policy.