A Belgian court sentenced a Turkish migrant to six years in prison after being convicted for sexually abused several underage girls.
The aunt of the migrant had previously sent her own two underage daughters for “purification”, which involved the man sexually abusing his victims, but did not open up about the sexual abuse until 2015 when they had both become adults, Sudinfo reports.
While the Turkish man was a fake imam, sex abuse cases involving real imams have made headlines in recent years as well.
In 2016 in the UK, 57-year-old Imam Hifiz Rahman fled the country for Bangladesh after being found guilty on five of seven counts of abusing children between the ages of six and ten.
Two years later, 76-year-old Imam Hafiz Azizur Rehman Pirzada, of Laughton Road, Northolt, was also found guilty of eight counts of sexual assault on two children under the age of 13.