A 71-year-old Norwegian man has been sentenced in his home country to 12 years and six months in prison for ordering sexual assaults online against young Filipino girls.

Between 2012 and 2013, he used an online calling service to contact people in the Philippines and paid them to assault minors under the age of 14 sexually. The youngest victim was between three and five years old, GMA News reported.

The Sore Sunnmore district court in western Norway said there were at least 48 victims who were living in an “almost inhumane situation” that the accused helped perpetuate with his actions.

Investigators found more than 36,000 photographs and videos containing child pornography in the man’s possession.

“With his actions, the accused contributed to a sex industry that brutally exploits vulnerable children in the worst possible way,” the Sore Sunnmore district court said.

The court sentenced the man to 12 years and six months in prison, which was slightly higher than the prosecution had called for. The victims’ young age was considered an aggravating factor for the sentencing.