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Sexual Exploitation and the World at Large

| October 14, 2016 at 08:36 am

Child sexual abuse around the world

Not a second goes by without a child being raped, tortured or abused somewhere in the world.  It is estimated, for example, that:

  • In Asia, more than a million children are sexually exploited;
  • India is the Asian country that is the most affected, with at least 400,000 children being subjected to such treatment;
  • In the United States of America, more than 300,000 children are affected by some form of abusive sexual treatment.
  • In South Africa, close to 30,000 children engage in prostitution.

It suffices to say that it is difficult to obtain precise figures on issues like these. Factors Contributing to the Sexual Exploitation of Children Numerous factors contribute the sexual exploitation of minors.  These include:   – Poverty : poor children are more vulnerable than others because they believe that what the exploiters offer is a chance to make a decent living. They quickly lose hope and find they are the perpetual victims of sexual relationships based solely on violence and force. – Sex-trafficking networks:  the development of communication technology (cell phones, the Internet, etc.) permits the rapid spread of information throughout the world.  Consequently, international and cross-border networks of child-traffickers have developed, thereby facilitating the exploitation of children all over the globe.  – Humanitarian crises : caused by armed conflicts or natural catastrophes, such crises aggravate the precarious situation in which children find themselves. Helpless children, sometimes orphans, who struggle day in and day out to survive, are often easy prey for individuals who wish to sexually exploit them. – Worldwide development of the sex industry :such development leads to an increase in the size, shape and scope of sexual exploitation.

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Causes of child trafficking

| October 12, 2016 at 08:51 am

Causes of child trafficking   There are many explanations for child trafficking:

Poverty

Poverty is one of the main causes of child trafficking. Poor families sometimes have no choice but to abandon their children, leaving them in the hands of traffickers. Poverty also causes a large increase in the number of street children and orphans. Vulnerable and fending for themselves, they become the ideal victims for traffickers who don’t hesitate in their promise of better living and working conditions in another country. Unfortunately, the reality is entirely different.

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Investigation into Edward Heath child abuse claims to go national

| August 7, 2015 at 07:08 am

Nationally coordinated police inquiry to be set up by end of week, as former brothel keeper denies knowledge of any misconduct by former PM

A nationally coordinated police investigation into claims that the former prime minister Edward Heath sexually abused children is to be set up by the end of the week.

The inquiry will be led by a senior investigating officer who is likely to be appointed from either the Kent, Wiltshire or Hampshire force, all of which are investigating separate allegations that Heath sexually abused children.

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Key Westminster Figures In Child Abuse Papers

| July 23, 2015 at 08:57 am

The Government reveals that unreleased files relating to child abuse allegations do exist which name key Westminster figures.

Key Westminster figures from the 1970s and 1980s have been named in a series of Government child abuse documents.

After months of requests from Sky News the Government has revealed that papers exist that relate to Margaret Thatcher’s former parliamentary secretary Sir Peter Morrison, former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, former diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister Sir William van Straubenzee.
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U.S. hospitals may often miss signs of child abuse

| July 15, 2015 at 01:02 pm

Many U.S. hospitals may miss an opportunity to detect physical abuse in babies and toddlers, a new study reveals.

The study, of more than 300 hospitals nationwide, found a huge variation in adherence to a long-standing guideline on screening for physical abuse.

That guide, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, says that when a child younger than 2 has injuries that suggest possible physical abuse, doctors should order X-rays to look for “occult” bone fractures. Those are bone breaks that aren’t readily apparent during an exam, and may be old injuries healing on their own. (more…)

The day I realised the child abuse I suffered wasn’t my fault

| July 13, 2015 at 08:45 am

For many years I lived with an inner roar of self-hate. Meeting other women with the same pain made me realise it was not unique – and I wasn’t to blame

Denial is a funny thing, isn’t it? I’m sitting at a dinner party, freshly wounded from a failed relationship, and someone is talking drunkenly about Jimmy Savile. “Well all those people who have come forward as victims, I bet it’s just for the money, isn’t it? Those people just want attention.” And at that moment, something inside me shatters. I fall through the glass floor of my own denial and remember that I was sexually abused. By my grandad, starting from around the age of five or so. (more…)

More than 260 celebrities and politicians among 1,400 child sex-abuse suspects in U.K. investigation

| May 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

LONDON — Some 261 celebrities and politicians, including sports, TV and music stars, are being investigated for alleged child sex abuse, British police have revealed.

They are among more than 1,400 men suspected by police of being sex predators, as the Home Secretary warned it is only the “tip of the iceberg.”

The rogues gallery includes 135 TV, film and radio stars, 43 musicians and seven sports figures as well as 76 politicians, the officer in charge of the issue has disclosed.

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Pope Francis’ finance chief promises to appear at Australian child abuse inquiry

| May 27, 2015 at 11:37 am

Cardinal George Pell says in letter he will appear at royal commission into child abuse ‘if needed’ after he is accused of ignoring abuse and even bribing one victim to keep quiet in a wide-ranging Australian inquiry into paedophilia

Australia’s former top Catholic cleric, now Pope Francis’ finance chief, has said he is willing to give evidence in a royal commission into child abuse in Australia.

Cardinal George Pell has denied trying to bribe a victim of a paedophile priest to keep quiet as an inquiry heard of horrifying abuse.
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Child abuse victims live ‘shorter lives’ than other children, royal commission hears

| May 25, 2015 at 07:56 am

People who have been abused as children live shorter lives than those who have not been abused, a psychiatrist has told a royal commission.

Dr Carolyn Quadrio, from the UNSW School of Psychiatry, said on Monday that children who have been abused have a life expectancy about 10 to 20 years shorter than those who have not.

“They don’t live as long as children who have not been traumatised,” she told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Ballarat.

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Being born a royal is a sophisticated form of child abuse

| May 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Probably not for the first time in his life, Prince Harry has been competing for attention with the Patagonian toothfish.

No sooner had he outlined his romantic difficulties, in an interview in New Zealand, than the toothfish edged him off social media, having emerged, with the publication of the Charles letters, as high on the royal agenda, for albatross-related reasons. Albatrosses are a theme, like sheep, to which the Prince of Wales frequently returns, and not just in letters. (more…)