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Self-harming, a consequence of child abuse

| March 2, 2017 at 04:50 pm



Self-harm can come up as a response to a variety of reasons, and as well as its causes, it can take many physical forms, such as burning, cutting, hair pulling, overdosing, and even poisoning. All of these manifestations of pain may not always be a cry for attention or a suicide attempt, and victims, in many cases, may not even know why they’re doing it. In fact, in many cases, victims do not even realise they’re doing it, as they are “used” to feeling pain and hurt by different sources. (more…)

Child trafficking: Use of children

| October 13, 2016 at 09:09 am

Child Trafficking: Use of Children Children are sold for the purposes of sexual exploitation, begging, soliciting, or for forced marriages. They risk themselves in construction work, working in factories, or are employed as domestic servants. Children are given for a substantial sum of money to parents waiting to adopt. The sale of child organs is more and more frequent. To escape their living conditions, some children are ready to sell one of their kidneys for money. The sale of organs represents between 5% and 10% of kidney transplants performed in the world each year.


What is child trafficking?

| October 10, 2016 at 08:40 am

Child trafficking

Child trafficking is child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.

Children are trafficked for:

  • child sexual exploitation
  • benefit fraud
  • forced marriage
  • domestic servitude such as cleaning, childcare, cooking
  • forced labour in factories or agriculture
  • criminal activity such as pickpocketing, begging, transporting drugs, working on cannabis farms, selling pirated DVDs, bag theft.

Many children are trafficked into the UK from abroad, but children can also be trafficked from one part of the UK to another.

Huge increase in online child abuse investigations

| November 26, 2015 at 03:19 pm

The number of investigations into suspected paedophiles using the internet to abuse children online has soared in Lancashire.

As police today embark on a week-long campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, new figures show detectives are dealing with more than one case a day.

Across the county, more than 1,500 referrals were made – where there are concerns for a child’s safety – last year. Of those, 529 were recorded as crimes.

Police are investigating more cases of abuse only (posed by model)


Child sex abuse cases up 85% on the Fylde coast

| July 3, 2015 at 08:16 am

Police have warned they are dealing with a “staggering” number of paedophiles grooming children online.

Suspected child abusers are being arrested every single day in Lancashire – with child sexual exploitation referrals rocketing 85 per cent on the Fylde coast.

A dedicated team of detectives set up to police the internet are identifying a huge number of paedophiles in the county, according to a senior officer. (more…)

Fighting online abuse of children has driven it underground – report

| June 5, 2015 at 07:06 am

EFC reports bitcoin and images and videos of child abuse used as currency after conventional payment systems decline in popularity

A pan-European drive to use the financial system to fight online child abuse has succeeded in reducing sales of child abuse material using conventional payment systems – but research suggests that abusers have been driven underground, turning to anonymiser technologies to evade law enforcement, and bitcoin to pay for material. (more…)

UN chief orders review of handling of claims of child abuse by French soldiers

| June 4, 2015 at 08:38 am

Ban Ki-moon steps in to announce external review. ‘There are systems that failed here,’ UN chief’s spokesman tells reporters

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has made a dramatic intervention in the scandal of French peacekeepers allegedly abusing children in Africa by announcing an independent external review of how his organisation handled the affair.

The move is the first public intervention by the secretary general into what has become a growing controversy for the UN.

Police investigate claims child abuse gang abused kids on Cannock Chase in 1980s and 90s

| May 26, 2015 at 07:17 am

Esther Baker, 32, alleges she and others were victims of paedophile ring at Staffordshire beauty spot

Police have launched a major investigation into claims a high-powered paedophile ring systematically abused children on Cannock Chase in the 1980s and 90s.

And the Staffordshire force has already interviewed one woman who alleges police officers were present – and shielded the perpetrators. (more…)

‘The Chosen Ones’ (‘Las Elegidas’): Cannes Review

| May 21, 2015 at 06:58 am

Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna executive produced this second fiction feature from Mexican director David Pablos, which premieres in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

A 14-year-old girl is forced into prostitution in The Chosen Ones (Las Elegidas), the second fiction feature of Mexican director David Pablos.

Executive produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna through their production company, Canana, this is a handsomely shot feature about an important topic that starts off strong but that, like the director’s debut feature, The Life After, becomes less engaging as it enters its final reels. (more…)

UN aid worker suspended for leaking report on child abuse by French troops

| April 29, 2015 at 07:32 am

Anders Kompass said to have passed confidential document to French authorities because of UN’s failure to stop abuse of children in Central African Republic

A senior United Nations aid worker has been suspended for disclosing to prosecutors an internal report on the sexual abuse of children by French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic. (more…)