A retired man has been sentenced to eight years in jail for hiring sex workers and forcing them to sexually abuse his seven-year-old son in order to make him grow up to be straight.
The 65-year-old Maltese man from Siġġiewi told the court that he “didn’t want his son to be gay because he already had two gay family members.”
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The child, who is now 12-years-old, told inspectors about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father when he was just seven. He said that his father would threaten to throw him in an institution if he told anyone about the sexual abuse.
But one of the sex workers ended up going to police herself. She said that the father would take her to another city and forced her to have sex with others for money.
She told investigators that she was taken to the man’s home when the child was seven and he would force his kid to have sex with her. He called his son a “pufta” – an anti-gay slur – and got mad at the kid when he wouldn’t get erect. He would then beat the child with an electrical cord if he wouldn’t engage in sexual acts with the sex worker.
The woman also told police that she saw the man force the child to have sex with other women, and those women confirmed what happened to police.
The man was sentenced to eight years in prison after a lengthy trial. The child has been taken into custody by the European island nation’s child protective services.