Two French men sentenced over child sex in Asia

12th March 2009, Comments 3 comments

Both men were found guilty of travelling to Southeast Asia for sex with child prostitutes and filming their encounters.

STRASBOURG – Two French men accused of frequenting child prostitutes in Southeast Asia and recording their encounters were sentenced on Wednesday to the maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

The court in the eastern French town of Colmar also issued fines for Robert Chung, 72, and Jean-Marc Malgarini, 51, of EUR 70,000 and EUR 50,000 respectively.

Both were accused of travelling to Cambodia regularly and filming their encounters with girls under 15.

They were prosecuted for having "solicited, accepted or obtained" sexual relations with prostitutes under 15, as well as for importing and possessing child pornography.

Malgarini told the court he regretted his visits to Cambodia and Thailand - around 30, according to visas found in his passport - but argued that girls there would "jump" on him.

"You don't realise," he said. "When you go there, you suddenly have five or six girls who jump on you."

Questioned about some 20 films seized as well as dozens of photos on his mobile phone showing the suspects with young girls, Chung claimed to have recorded the encounters for "aesthetic" reasons.

Chung, a former doctor now stripped of his licence, said he was a lover of artistic images.

Malgarini was arrested in 2007 in connection with a probe linked to an Italian paedophile website. Chung was arrested shortly after at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

French authorities were able to intervene in the case due to universal jurisdiction for sex tourism allegations, a measure aimed at protecting children.

The two men are also to pay EUR 12,600 to children's rights associations.

AFP / Expatica

3 Comments To This Article

  • Tomoko posted:

    on 28th November 2009, 08:10:27 - Reply

    hahaha.
    Kasso`s movie was entirely fiction !
    The girls in the film are 19 and 20
    they are just wearing uniform costumes to tell a story
    do believe everything you see!
  • van posted:

    on 20th November 2009, 18:56:36 - Reply

    this is exactly what rikki kasso does in japan, look at his delusional blogspot "How did you find the characters for the film?

    As I mentioned before the girls in film came from street scouting in Shibuya, from one of my producers that actually is somewhat of a magician himself. He introduced us to Shun (who somehow was working with him at some point?). He also arranged a hypnotist and an old man that agreed to be filmed buying underwear from one of the girls. Kuniko the doll came from the internet after my friend Akemi turned me on to this guy’s site. I instantly fell in love and stayed awake for hours reading his words (which were in English) and looking at his photos. I felt he was the symbol of Japan as much as green tea and sushi. We emailed him and asked if we could meet for an interview and he agreed. It was the first time ever for him to reveal his identity to anyone but since we were foreigners and he respected our works, he complied nicely.

    So is it a documentary?

    Its reality turned in to fiction.

    It is a film about sex but not as one might imagine, why is the subject of sex so interesting to you?

    It’s as interesting to me as it is to everyone else, though I came into a different perspective of the subject of sex since coming to Tokyo. I have always felt that the sexual anxiety fuels the creative inspiration and it is easily recognized in all of its forms. I have found what I appreciate as artworks come from a surreal desire to orgasm.

    What about Tokyo gave you a different perspective on sex?

    Well having grown up in catholic school and living by a quasi moral ethic program given to me by my authority I naturally had all of the guilty notions attached to sex. In Japan it’s different; there is no religion here, no Christian conscious taboos to feel bad about sexual activity so it is viewed as entertainment. You know Sunday’s outing to the love hotel and then to karaoke. The concept of it is very commercial and casual.

    How would you explain it being commercial and casual?

    The list could go on forever…

    For example the readily available blow job bars and bath houses to ease the stress of the over worked married salary-man is known and accepted by the wife. Popular among men and women are Manga novels (comics), usually sexually graphic in nature and sold at every corner convenience store. Teenage girls’ “enjo kosai”(compensated relationships) craze where over 50% of high school girls engage in sexual activity for money to buy into the latest Louis Vuitton or Christian Dior die hard style, (all of this highlighted by the students mini plaid skirts and long white socks). These are as visible in society as they are invisible. It is the unspoken truth that harmonizes everybody. At first I had my own western criticism but learned to accept and respect it as a different culture’s operations that obviously were working for them. Most interesting was the psychological aspect of it all. The ideas of sex were intricately analyzed and fragmentized so much that it separated the physical aspect sometimes completely. I love the fantasy."
    http://sitmfilm.blogspot.com/


    same as chungs excuse of

    "You don't realise," he said. "When you go there, you suddenly have five or six girls who jump on you."

    Questioned about some 20 films seized as well as dozens of photos on his mobile phone showing the suspects with young girls, Chung claimed to have recorded the encounters for "aesthetic" reasons.

    Chung, a former doctor now stripped of his licence, said he was a lover of artistic images."

    kasso is popular in europe with these types of "lolicon enjo kosai" men.

    When will anyone realize that there is an abundance of underage porn on the net mixed with of age, just like kasso? And crack down!
  • oliviadog posted:

    on 13th March 2009, 00:50:18 - Reply

    Maybe it is time for the Cambodian (and other Asian countries with this shameful problem) to step up and take human rights seriously too - not just western countries!