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2,333 child abuse complaints registered in three years

| August 12, 2014 at 07:38 am

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has reported that it has registered 2,333 complaints of child abuse/violation of child rights during the last three years and the current year.

A total of 934 complaints/cases concerning abuse/violation of child rights were registered in NCPCR in the year 2013-14. The highest number of registered cases i.e., 532 is from the State of Uttar Pradesh. Similarly, in 2012-13, 766 cases were registered in NCPCR from across the country out of which 362 were from Uttar Pradesh. In 2011-12, 455 such cases were registered. In the current year, till date 178 such complaints have been received from all over the country. (more…)

Woman Pleads Guilty in Denver Child Abuse Case

| August 11, 2014 at 09:55 am

A woman who starved her four young sons and kept them in a filthy, feces-strewn Denver apartment could spend up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to her second offense of child abuse.

Prosecutors said the case involving Lorinda Bailey, 36, was among the most horrific they had ever seen, but the state’s child abuse laws kept them from pursuing harsher penalties because the children, ages 2 to 6, did not suffer serious physical injuries.

Six other charges were dropped in exchange for Bailey’s guilty plea to a single felony count.

“The way the child abuse statue reads, this was a disposition we thought would hold her accountable as best we could under the law,” said Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.


Google tipped off police over emailed child abuse images

| August 5, 2014 at 07:03 am

Google’s system to automatically scan for child abuse images extends to email, a US detective has revealed, using it to help police arrest a man in Houston

A tip-off from Google about the contents of a Gmail account led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Texan for possession of child abuse material, police revealed last week. (more…)

British Airways sued over child abuse

| July 31, 2014 at 07:45 am

Lawyers allege pilot Simon Wood, who died before facing court, molested girls during airline’s charity activities in Africa

British Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages.

Lawyers representing 16 young girls and women who claim First Officer Simon Wood assaulted them said the airline should bear responsibility because he carried out the alleged attacks while on stopovers. (more…)

Tip during CNN’s ‘The Hunt’ led to suspect

| July 29, 2014 at 07:12 am

Charles Mozdir had been sought by authorities since June 2012

Investigators say they sifted through hundreds of tips in their search for Charles Mozdir, but a phone call they got during CNN’s “The Hunt” with John Walsh helped them crack the case.

On Monday, eight days after the show first aired, the 32-year-old suspected sex offender died in a shootout in New York City as police closed in.

During the show, first broadcast on July 20, a deputy U.S. marshal fielding calls got a tip about Mozdir, accused in a 2012 California child molestation case. (more…)

FGM: A child abuse ‘out of the ordinary’

| July 23, 2014 at 08:49 am

London is hosting an international summit to discuss putting a stop to female genital mutilation. In the UK as many as 170,000 women and girls have been cut but why does the practice persist and what does it mean for the victims?

“They love their children a lot,” Jay Kamara-Frederick says of the parents who have their daughters cut.

“They just want their child to be part of an out-dated, ancient tradition.” (more…)

Jersey historical child abuse inquiry begins

| July 22, 2014 at 06:57 am

An inquiry looking into historical child abuse allegations in Jersey’s care system has started.

The year-long £6m inquiry will probe reports of abuse in the island’s children’s homes and fostering services from 1960 to the present day.

The panel is still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

During her opening statement, inquiry chairwoman Francis Oldham QC stressed it would be independent of the States and police. (more…)

Online child abuse image investigations rise fivefold in a year, says ACMA

| July 21, 2014 at 01:20 pm

Communications watchdog says jump more likely to be result of greater awareness of hotline than corresponding jump in abuse

The communications watchdog is carrying out record numbers of investigations into online child abuse images, new figures show.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority conducted 7,663 investigations in the 12 months to July – a fivefold rise on the previous reporting year.

Yet the jump does not necessarily mean abuse is on the rise, cautions Jeremy Fenton, the head of the ACMA Hotline, which investigates calls from the public. It is more likely due to greater awareness of the hotline, which received a record 3,000 calls in 2013, Fenton said. (more…)

‘Abused children’ rescued in Mexico

| July 17, 2014 at 07:27 am

Mexican police have rescued more than 450 children they believe were abused at a children’s home in Zamora in the western state of Michoacan.

They were allegedly subject to sexual abuse and forced to beg on the streets.

The owner, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, and eight employees at the House of the Big Family have been arrested.

Correspondents say it is one of Mexico’s worst incidents of alleged child abuse at a children’s institution in many years. (more…)

35 Disney employees among park workers caught in child sex stings

| July 16, 2014 at 08:34 am

CLERMONT, Fla. — Just days after getting arrested in a child sex sting, Robert Kingsolver is a long way from his beloved job at Walt Disney World.

Inside his rented house in a suburban Orlando neighborhood filled with children, he sits in a folding chair in a nearly empty room, wires dangling in the corner where his computer used to be connected.

Now, he can’t be online or near children.