Increase in Sexual Violence, Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Child abused in care of Presbyterian Church in Australia – 131 NI children sent to Australia, Caged until ‘broken’: life for Mumbai’s prostitutes

September 4, 2014 Comments Off on Increase in Sexual Violence, Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Child abused in care of Presbyterian Church in Australia – 131 NI children sent to Australia, Caged until ‘broken’: life for Mumbai’s prostitutes

– ‘Disturbing’ increase in sexual violence
– Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Child abused in care of Presbyterian Church in Australia
– Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: 131 NI children sent to Australia
– Caged until ‘broken’: life for Mumbai’s prostitutes

‘Disturbing’ increase in sexual violence
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre says social media being used as a form of abuse
Kitty Holland

Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Increasing levels of violence are accompanying rape, the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre has said, and “particularly concerning” was the way social media is being used to film and distribute some assaults.

Angela McCarthy, DRCC’s head of clinical services, speaking at the publication of the centre’s annual report yesterday, said there had been a “disturbing increase in sexual violence” reported last year.

She said 27 per cent of all incidents of adult rape or sexual assault disclosed in therapy sessions included additional violence, predominantly physical abuse, psychological abuse and harassment or intimidation.

Some 21 per cent of all incidents of childhood sexual abuse were accompanied by additional violence, mainly psychological and physical abuse….

“Experienced therapists and counsellors have been very shocked at some of the violence. Age seems to be an issue, with younger people being raped by gangs while others are watching and sometimes filming the assaults.”….

Some 44 per cent of calls related to child sexual abuse and 42 per cent to adult rape. Nine per cent related to adult sexual assault – representing an increase of 21 per cent on the previous year, 2 per cent to ritual abuse, 0.9 per cent to sexual harassment, 0.5 per cent to suspected abuse, 0.3 per cent to trafficking, and, 0.1 per cent to under-13 sexualised behaviour.
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/disturbing-increase-in-sexual-violence-1.1917012

Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: Child abused in care of Presbyterian Church in Australia
3 September 2014

A pensioner has told an inquiry examining child abuse that he was physically and sexually abused as a young boy while in the care of the Presbyterian Church in Australia.

His migration was part of a scheme between the Presbyterian Church in the UK and Australia.

Speaking to the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry via video link, he outlined his childhood.

He is one of about 50 witnesses giving evidence from Australia.

The man said he was born into the Church of Ireland in west Tyrone in the 1940s to an unmarried mother.

When his mother died of TB, he was taken into a number of foster and care homes before being separated from his brother and sister and sent to Australia in 1950.

The witness said he wanted his brother to join him in Australia, but after being abused, he sent a letter home telling his brother not to come.
“I couldn’t put him through that,” he told the inquiry….

On Monday, the inquiry heard that 131 children from Northern Ireland, some as young as five, were sent to Australia as child migrants.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-29048447

Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: 131 NI children sent to Australia 1 September 2014
One hundred and thirty-one children from Northern Ireland, some as young as five, were sent to Australia as child migrants, an inquiry has heard.

The experiences of 50 of them will be heard by the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) either by oral or written evidence.

It is examining the extent of child abuse in religious and state-run institutions in NI from 1922 to 1995….

The chairman said it would become clear during their evidence that many had suffered severe hardship and “grave” sexual and physical abuse in the institutions to which they were sent in Australia….
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-29006251

Caged until ‘broken’: life for Mumbai’s prostitutes
02 September 2014
Channel 4 News gains exclusive access to brothels in Mumbai, where trafficked girls are kept in cages like slaves to stop them running away – and only allowed out to have sex with customers.

….I was taken into the reception area of the brothel, the space where the customers are taken to select a girl. On the ceiling I could see a small, open trap door. The madam disappeared, and I climbed up a wooden ladder and pushed through the small gap.

Suddenly I was face to face with a “box cage”. I knew what I was looking at. The prostitutes I had met over years of investigating the sex industry in Mumbai had told me of the caged rooms and boxes they had been held in for months, even years. They told me they were held in the cages when they were first trafficked to the red-light district.

The madams would keep the girls like slaves in the cages until they were “broken” – the aim being to stop them running away. The girls told me they never knew if it was night or day when they were in the cages. They were only taken out to eat or to be given to a customer for sex. For years I had wanted to photograph these cages, to prove that these places actually exist….

Over those years, I have watched and photographed thousands of men visiting Kamathipura – they say they are looking for pleasure. But a red-light district is not a place of pleasure. It is a place of pain.

I have often wondered if men would come and have sex with these women if they knew their true stories, like Guddi’s, if they knew how the girls have been trafficked, and that actually they are paying to rape a girl who is a sex slave. http://www.channel4.com/news/prostitution-mumbai-india-caged-trafficked-brothels

Researchers Say Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Included Minors – Here & Now

March 10, 2014 Comments Off on Researchers Say Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Included Minors – Here & Now

Researchers Say Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Included Minors – Here & Now

ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

It’s HERE AND NOW, and our next story may not be appropriate for children. It’s about the first comprehensive research on sex trafficking at the Super Bowl. It’s being released today by researchers in Arizona, site of next year’s Super Bowl, researchers who combed through online sex ads, placed decoy ads and say they identified nearly 2,000 potential sex trafficking victims, including 84 children.

The information was gathered sometimes by former Army intelligence officers using the same type of Internet-sniffing technology used to track militants in Afghanistan. The defense contractor that helped with the research says sex trafficking is a lot like terrorism. It’s a problem that’s hard to see….

ROE-SEPOWITZ: So we find some similarities between what terrorism may look like in our country and what sex trafficking looks like. More than half of the ads that we identified as potential minors were linked to other ads, other girls, other phone numbers. So we actually think that this sex trafficking world is a network, multiple networks, whether they’re gangs, whether they’re organized crime.
http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/03/06/superbowl-sex-trafficking

$123M settlement Delaware abuse case, Institutional Abuse North Ireland, Rochdale, Gangs

November 21, 2012 Comments Off on $123M settlement Delaware abuse case, Institutional Abuse North Ireland, Rochdale, Gangs

– $123M settlement approved in Del. child abuse case
– Historic child abuse investigation will now cost £19m, Assembly told
– Rochdale child abuse case: exploited girls faced ‘absolute disrespect’
– 45 children a day at risk from sexual exploitation by gangs, warns inquiry
– Groomed, raped, frightened: the victims of child sexual exploitation

$123M settlement approved in Del. child abuse case
Esteban Parra, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal Share

The former pediatrician last year was found guilty of raping or assaulting more than 100 girls he treated. His own videos helped to convict him.

November 20. 2012 –

GEORGETOWN, Del. — A Superior Court judge approved a $123 million class-action settlement related to the child sexual abuse committed by former Lewes, Del., pediatrician Earl Bradley.

Under the Monday settlement’s terms, the money would be put into a pool for victims, similar to the system used for victims in priest sex-abuse cases.

A mediator will evaluate each claim and separate them into different categories based on the severity of abuse. A settlement amount then will be assigned to each category and all approved for that category will be paid.

“The approval of this class-action settlement marks the end of litigation arising from Dr. Bradley’s 15-year reign of terror and abuse in Sussex County,” Superior Court Judge Joseph R. Slights III wrote in his 56-page decision….

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/19/delaware-child-abuse-case/1715867/

Historic child abuse investigation will now cost £19m, Assembly told

By Lesley-Anne McKeown
Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Costs for an inquiry into historical institutional child abuse in Northern Ireland could reach £19m, the Assembly has been told.

Ulster Unionist MLA Mike Nesbitt, who chairs Stormont’s OFMDFM committee, said MLAs had been informed in September that predicted costs had doubled from initial estimates.

The Strangford MLA added: “On the estimated costs of the inquiry the committee sought clarification from the department whether the figures in the financial and explanatory memorandum of between £7.5m and £9m remained accurate.

“Officials advised the committee that the estimated costs had been revised upwards — doubled in fact to £15-19m to take into account the complexities of the inquiry and the associated legal costs.”….

Initially, the inquiry was to look at cases between 1945 and 1995, but MLAs have since agreed to extend it back to 1922.

The probe comes after the Ryan Report uncovered decades of endemic abuse in some religious institutions in the Republic of Ireland.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/historic-child-abuse-investigation-will-now-cost-19m-assembly-told-16240341.html


Rochdale child abuse case: exploited girls faced ‘absolute disrespect’

MPs question why the NHS crisis team that was praised for raising the alarm about sexual abuse in Rochdale has suffered job cuts

Rachel Williams The Guardian, Tuesday 20 November 2012

It was a simple yet powerful piece of evidence. Asked what lay behind the failures in Rochdale over sexual exploitation of teenage girls, Sara Rowbotham, co-ordinator of the local NHS crisis intervention team, paused before answering. “It was about attitudes towards teenagers,” she told the home affairs select committee earlier this month. “It was absolute disrespect that vulnerable young people did not have a voice. They were overlooked. They were discriminated against. They were treated appallingly by protective services.”

Since nine men were jailed in May for “sharing” five girls, plying them with fast food, drink and drugs so they could use them for sex, a picture has emerged of missed opportunities to help young girls being exploited – based on a mistaken belief they were simply “making their own choices”. The NHS team has emerged as one of the few services that got it right. But staff numbers on the team, which offers one-to-one sexual health advice to vulnerable teenagers, have been cut from 10 to seven over the past three years.

A Guardian investigation this year found the crisis intervention team made more than 100 referrals about girls it thought were either being sexually exploited, or at risk of it, to Rochdale borough council social services and Greater Manchester police between 2004 and the end of 2010. A report published in September by the local safeguarding children board (SCB) was damning of the “poor response” of Rochdale’s children’s social care department. It also praised the crisis intervention team’s ability to understand that girls were victims of abuse, rather than consenting young adults. Its work, Rowbotham told the select committee, had helped secure the recent convictions, because the victims’ evidence was corroborated by the service’s case notes….
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/20/rochdale-child-abuse-case

45 children a day at risk from sexual exploitation by gangs, warns inquiry

Local authorities, police and healthcare professionals ignoring warning signs displayed by those at risk, says interim report
Alexandra Topping
The Guardian, Tuesday 20 November 2012

As many as 45 children a day are at risk of rape, violence and sexual exploitation at the hands of gangs who prey on their vulnerability, according to the biggest study of its kind carried out in England….

The inquiry’s interim report found that 2,409 children had been sexually exploited in a 14-month period form August 2010 to October 2011, but the real figure was likely to be “far greater” because of lack of data and confusion in reporting sexual exploitation. As many as 16,500 children were identified as being at “high risk” of sexual exploitation – displaying three or more warning signs including running away from home, drug or alcohol misuse and criminality.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/21/child-risk-sex-exploitation-gang

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Groomed, raped, frightened: the victims of child sexual exploitation

Children living in residential care are particularly at risk of sexual exploitation, according to report

Alexandra Topping The Guardian, Tuesday 20 November 2012

Teegan, a white British girl, told report authors she had been sexually exploited from the age of 12. After being groomed she was taken to “parties” across England in nice houses, sometimes mansions, where men could choose which girls they wanted to have sex with from a book with photographs and ages of all of the girls available. Teegan thought she cost around £500 a hour, and said in some cases one girl could be hired for a group of men over an evening. If Teegan refused, she would be beaten and her family threatened. After the abuse, she took several overdoses, was placed in secure accommodation, and self-harmed – sometimes on a daily basis. She said she was too scared to make a formal complaint.

Marina, 16, and her 14-year-old sister were sexually exploited after being groomed by white British shop owners in return for alcohol and cigarettes. Marina also had a “boyfriend” in his late 30s, of North African origin, who would pass her around his friends for sex. She told the report that she was driven to “parties” where she would be raped by multiple men before being dropped off at home.

In another case, when Sahida, a 17-year-old British Pakistani girl, said a family member had sexually abused her she was threatened with a forced marriage. After the threats she began spending time with older Asian males, and was moved to multiple locations by them. She is now pregnant and has been physically assaulted by her family as a punishment.

Children living in residential care are particularly at risk of sexual exploitation, according to the report. A specialist sexual exploitation service told the report that a particular home was repeatedly targeted by groomers, and that new girls coming into the home were likely to be sexually exploited….
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/21/groomed-raped-victims-sexual-exploitation

20,000 young women and children trafficked yearly – Mexico, Annett attacked

January 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Mexican woman tells of ordeal with cross-border child traffickers – In interview with Channel 4 News, young woman says babies and young children are ‘sold to order’ to US nationals Nick Martin in Ciudad Juárez, guardian.co.uk, 11 January 2010

A young Mexican woman who escaped from human traffickers has told US special agents how she witnessed babies and children being “sold to order” to US citizens. America’s Department of Homeland Security in Washington says the girl, known only as Maria, had “significant ~information” and possessed a “remarkable memory” of her experiences inside the gang. In an interview with Channel 4 News, to be broadcast tonight, the teenager tells of a cross-border trade in babies and young children, where Mexican and US gangs worked together to supply a demand in the United States. As a result of the interview, US officials and Mexican authorities have begun an investigation into the alleged trafficking….

Since the 1990s, thousands of women have disappeared from the town. Hundreds of bodies bearing signs of rape and sexual mutilation have been dumped on waste ground in the city; thousands more have never returned. In 2009, 55 teenage girls vanished in the town, which has been gripped by violence as two drug cartels fight a lethal turf war over cocaine smuggling routes into the US….The US state department estimates that more than 20,000 young women and children are trafficked across the border from Mexico each year. But conviction rates remain low. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/11/mexican-woman-border-child-traffic

Kevin Annett, beaten, exposes role of Canada’s police and churches in sex crimes and child trafficking Brenda Norrell 1/11/10

Kevin Annett, human rights activist beaten in Vancouver on Wednesday, released a new article today exposing the role of Canada’s police and churches in sex crimes and child trafficking, including the abuse of Native women and children.

Kevin Annett, a community minister, was assaulted by two men in Vancouver’s downtown eastside on Wednesday, Jan. Jan. 6, 2010,  just two days after he published an article on church and government complicity in child trafficking on Canada’s west coast.

Annett suffered cuts, bruises, and at least one broken rib as a result of the unprovoked beating by two men, one of whom is linked to a downtown church agency.
Today, after being beaten, Annett released a new article on the role of Vancouver police in sex crimes http://www.censored-news.blogspot.com/

….Annett has exposed the rape, torture and murder of Native children in Canada’s residential schools, through church documents and interviews. In one case, a Native girl was raped and the infant she gave birth to was thrown into the furnace. The abuse of Native children in Canada’s residential schools mirrored the abuse in aboriginal boarding schools in Australia and BIA boarding schools in the United States.

Annett is now exposing the role of the church and Canadian government in sex crimes, including the disappearance of Native children in child trafficking and murder of Native women.

Annett, who for fifteen years has led the campaign to bring to justice the churches and government responsible for genocide in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, made international news in October 2009 when he held the first memorial service for missing native children outside the Vatican in Rome.

Rev. Annett, school survivors and native elders have also led high profile protests and occupations of churches in Vancouver and Toronto since 2005, and on many occasions Annett has been threatened by church officials and police, according to a statement from Hidden From History. http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/brenda-norrell/2010/01/kevin-annett-beaten-exposes-role-canadas-police-and-churches-sex-cri#new

Annett’s site http://www.hiddenfromhistory.org/

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