To the outside world, Richard Huckle was a regular 19 year-old from Kent. Fresh out of school, he was setting off across the world on his gap year, like thousands of other British students.
No one could have predicted that this ordinary middle-class boy would become an extraordinarily evil paedophile - one of the worst in recent history.
Huckle’s gap year was a springboard for a relentless campaign of child sexual abuse that lasted almost a decade.
In 2016, Huckle was convicted of 71 offences against 23 children. The youngest was just six months old. The judge at his trial noted that the number of his victims was likely to be nearer to 200.
Huckle’s known victims are Malaysian and Cambodian, but Jim Gamble, who used to lead child abuse investigations in Britain, told me Huckle is "highly likely" to have offended here.
"I would be shocked if there were no victims of his in this country." (more...)