By North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney
An Australian man will face a Philippines court tomorrow to enter a plea on paedophilia charges described by authorities there as “depraved”.
Peter Scully allegedly ran an international paedophile ring from Mindanao in the Southern Philippines that raped, tortured and murdered children.
One victim was only 18 months old.
Scully first moved to Cagayan de Oro on the island of Mindanao in 2011.
Exploiting the poverty and desperation right on his doorstep, Scully approached Arlene Loyola and offered to give her eight-year-old daughter education and food.
Ms Loyola accepted the offer, but after two weeks she began to worry.
“I prayed and God told me to get her away from Scully and I did,” Ms Loyola told 7.30.
When Ms Loyola got her daughter back she had been bashed and badly bruised. Scully had repeatedly drugged and raped the girl.
Ms Loyola blames herself.
“I feel so ashamed and asked forgiveness from my child because she suffered so much,” she said, sobbing.
“She just wanted to go to school.
“I can’t sleep; I just can’t stop thinking about what happened to her.”
Customers paid $10,000 to view torture videos
But this was just the tip of the iceberg of Scully’s depravity.
Officers of the Philippines Bureau of Investigation showed 7.30 a dark old house with high walls in another part of Cagayan de Oro.
It was here Scully made the videos called The Destruction of Daisy.
He was selling the videos to online customers around the world for up to $10,000 a view.
We are pretty much sure that we have a very solid case and that he will be away for good.Prosecutor Eric Nuqui
The full details of what happened at this house are too shocking to reveal.
But Angelito Magno, one of the lead investigators, gave 7.30 an insight.
“In one of these videos was an 18-month-old baby girl who was hanged upside down,” he said.
“She was crying all the time she was being tortured.”
Demand was so great for these sickening videos that six other foreigners, mainly from Europe, started to fund Scully.
But one made-to-order video proved to be Scully’s undoing.
In it, two girls, one 12 years old and the other 13, were forced to dig their own graves while being raped.
Mr Magno said the girls eventually led them to Scully.
“The two girls were able to escape and seek police assistance while they were still wearing chains, chains to their necks,” he said.
Mr Magno was part of the international team that arrested 51-year-old Scully in February, charging him on multiple counts of sexual abuse, cyber sex, torture, rape, human trafficking and murder.
In Manila, an investigation team is gathering all the evidence before the trial formally starts later this year.
They now have seven victims under witness protection who will testify against Scully in court.
Prosecutors confident Scully will go ‘away for good’
Eric Nuqui works at the Philippines Investigation Bureau and will be one of the lawyers who will be leading the trial against Scully.
“With the overwhelming evidence we have and with the prosecutors handling the case, we are pretty much sure that we have a very solid case and that he will be away for good,” he told 7.30.
The team in Manila and the Australian Federal Police are now working to identify and prosecute Scully’s customers around the world.
They have evidence that an Australian man offered Scully about $2,500 to rape a 13-year-old girl.
While the capture of Scully has been a success for the Philippines Bureau of Investigation, the reality is, with limited manpower and resources, they are struggling to cope with the flood of paedophiles entering the Philippines.
The Australian Federal Police say 250 Australians convicted of child sex offences have travelled to the Philippines in the last four years.
But Philippines authorities say they know of only 10.
Mr Nuqui said there was a problem in coordination in the Philippines.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m yet to receive information,” he said.
“Maybe they’re providing information to other (Philippines) agencies and we are not able to access it.”
Philippines police arrest, prepare to deport Australian fugitive accused of child molestation
An Australian fugitive wanted for molesting a young girl in Australia has been arrested in Manila and will be deported from the Philippines.
Philippines immigration officials stopped 39-year-old Roy Woodward upon his arrival in an airport in Manila from Sydney.
An alert posted by Australian Interpol said Mr Woodward had been accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl and was set for sentencing by a local Australian court.
Following the arrest, an immigration intelligence official said Manila should keep a closer watch out for paedophiles and fugitives.
Another Australian, Peter Gerard Scully, is facing charges for the murder of a 12-year-old girl and sexual abuse of 11 children in the southern Philippines.
The Melbourne man is the key suspect in one of the most horrifying paedophile rings uncovered by police in the Philippines.
Mr Scully allegedly spent years sexually abusing and torturing young children and streaming his alleged crimes online.
If he is found guilty he will face life in prison.
The National Bureau of Investigation has launched a manhunt for four foreigners believed to have been working with Mr Scully since 2011.
The Philippines is a major hub of the billion-dollar global child cybersex industry due to its widespread poverty and legal loopholes.
The Philippines Justice Department secretary Leila de Lima last year said online child abuse was the leading cyber-related crime in the Philippines and made up 46 per cent of more than 200 cases.
Australian Federal Police says 250 Australians with child sex convictions travelled to Philippines in last four years
About 250 Australians with child sex convictions have travelled to the Philippines in the last four years, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) has revealed.
Filipino police are currently pursuing a case against Australian man Peter Gerard Scully for what they allege are some of the worst child sex offences in the nation’s history.
The AFP was involved in the investigation and arrest and says 250 known Australian child sex offenders travelled to the Philippines in the past four years.
A spokesman has told the ABC that Australia alerts Filipino authorities when a sex offender boards a flight, but it is up to them whether to refuse entry.
Scully, 51, who has no previous convictions for child sex abuse, was arrested and charged with sexually abusing 11 children aged between 18 months and 13 years.
He allegedly spent years sexually abusing and torturing young children and streaming his crimes online, where the AFP says he charged between $US100 and $US10,000 for the videos he filmed.
The Melbourne man has also been charged with the murder of one of his alleged victims, a 12-year-old girl, along with rape, torture, human trafficking and violating cyber laws.
On Saturday, authorities in the Philippines said Scully was working with foreign accomplices in his child pornography operation and launched a manhunt for four foreigners believed to be involved.
The Australian embassy held an emergency meeting late last week in relation to the case.
Editor’s note 13/4/2015: An earlier version of this story said 250 Australian sex offenders had travelled to the Philippines in the last year.