Ruben told VRT News: "I created a Tinder account and got several matches. I chatted with one girl for over a month and she invited me home. She insisted she organise an Uber taxi for me. During the journey two guys got into the car. They were armed with a stun gun and a knife. They tugged my T over my head, emptied my pockets, took my watch and tied me up. The rope also served as a strop. They drove me to a village in the mountains where I ended up in a cesspit."
"My flat was emptied. Now I understood my Tinder date was in on the game. They demanded my credit card codes and stubbed out cigarettes on my skin. They threatened to cut off my fingers. I just gave in."
Because Ruben suffers from claustrophobia he was given a pipe to smoke containing a kind of crack. Fortunately, Ruben escaped after his guard fell asleep.
"I was standing in the street in my undies. I tried to stop a taxi. No luck. The police station was closed. Finally, a bank security guard helped me. Before returning to Belgium I had to hide for several days in Colombia."
Ruben understands that he was lucky to survive.
"After they got my codes they organised a sex worker for me, so I could have some "fun". At the Belgian consulate afterwards they told me most people don't live to tell this kind of tale."