Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Global P&P List from Nigeria, Ireland, South Africa and UK-2, Today

Chibok girls rescued from Boko Haram to start university
Mother sentenced for sex abuse of her own sons - Ireland
South Africa completely inept in dealing with CSA
So. Yorkshire police chastised for failing victims of Ian Watkins - UK
Recluse sentenced of having 11k child porn images - UK

Released Chibok girls ready for education after ordeal

Abuja (AFP) - The 106 Nigerian schoolgirls no longer in captivity by Boko Haram jihadists fighting against western-style education will all go to university from September, the country's minister for women's affairs said Friday.

One of the girls required a prosthetic leg following her ordeal, several needed surgery for injuries and four babies have been born as a result of their detention, Aisha Alhassan said in a statement.

The Islamist militants seized 276 schoolgirls from the remote northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014, triggering global condemnation and drawing attention to the bloody Boko Haram insurgency.

Former US first lady Michelle Obama led a worldwide social media campaign under the banner #BringBackOurGirls to raise awareness of the group's plight.

All 106 girls who either escaped or were released or rescued from their captors "will be resuming school at the American University of Nigeria foundation school in September 2017," said Alhassan.

Twenty-four girls who had managed to escape were already studying courses at the institution and will be joined by the rest of their freed classmates in the new school year.

The freed girls, who are all in good health, have received extensive trauma counselling since regaining their freedom.

"Previously frequent incidents of flashbacks, insomnia and nightmares have now been successfully brought under control," said Alhassan.

"The girls have become survivors and heroes in their own right."

In their quest to create a hardline Islamist state, Boko Haram, whose name roughly translated from Hausa means "Western education is sin", has waged a relentless campaign against education in northeast Nigeria.

Along with attacks on schools, thousands of women and young girls have been abducted during the eight-year insurgency, which has left at least 20,000 people dead and displaced more than 2.6 million.

Mother jailed for participating in the
sexual abuse of her sons in Ireland

A County Wicklow woman who participated in the sexual abuse of her two sons has been sentenced to three years in prison.

The woman, aged in her 60s, appeared before Wicklow Circuit Court for sentencing recently, following her trial which took place in March.

The sentence hearing related to one incident, which State prosecutor Paul Murray said occurred some time between 1996 and 1999.

It was a Sunday, Formula One was on the television and they were all in the sitting room of the house. One of the brothers was aged between 12 and 14 at the time, the other between 10 and 13.

The stepfather told his wife to get undressed, which she did. The victims told the court during their mother's trial that they had been forced to digitally penetrate their mother. She took part in what happened and also touched the boys' genitals, as did their stepfather, who then had sex with the mother in front of the boys.

The older brother made a series of statements regarding his stepfather in 2014, as well as one statement indicating what happened involving his mother. The younger brother also came forward.

The victims' stepfather was sentenced to 21 years, with seven suspended, in the Central Criminal Court last year for the sexual abuse, which he carried out over many years when they were boys.

The victims' mother was interviewed in 2014. She answered some questions but denied stripping off in front of her children.

During her trial, the older brother gave evidence that he remembered his mother smiling at him during the incident.

'After what she did to me I never felt like I had a mother,' said the older brother in a victim impact statement. 'That day, she told [my stepfather] it was OK to do the things he did. I lost all confidence in myself, I had nobody to talk to. A mother is meant to protect her kids. I felt no protection. She allowed a paedophile to abuse me. She was a witness and she joined in.

'She has never taken responsibility for her crime. She made me relive it in court and deal with her barrister putting it to me that I was lying. She knew I was not lying.'

In his victim impact statement, the younger brother said that he was filled with anger and anxiety at putting pen to paper 'as, if I do, it means it really happened. It's no longer a nightmare, but a reality.

'That day will haunt me for the rest of my life,' he said. 'I feel so ashamed and embarrassed. The only job as a mother is to raise your children not to have to recover from their childhood. It's safe to say she failed. I have spent a lifetime trying to undo the damage.'

He said that he has no life skills and is not able to read and write properly as he was made leave school at 13.

'Sleeping at night is the hardest thing for me,' he said. 'I have constant nightmares and I am afraid of the dark. It's a daily battle facing the day ahead, when the vicious cycle begins.'

He said that after speaking to gardaĆ­ for the first time, he 'left the station feeling that there was someone there to protect us, the way a parent should protect a child.'

'These two young boys depended on their mother to protect them,' said Judge Michael O'Shea. 'A mother has influence, commanding and directing influence over the family. She was in a position of trust, a dominant position. She was in a position to be protector, instead of that she turned out to be an abuser,' said the judge.

'They were extremely vulnerable by reason of their ages,' he said. 'They could do absolutely nothing. What they were subjected to and what they had to do in the course of the abuse involving their mother is simply outrageous and disgusting. It has had a horrendous and destructive effect on both of them.'

Judge O'Shea sentenced the woman to five years, with two years suspended.
Bray People

Co. Wicklow, IE

South Africa's child abuse stats shock

Barnard said the country's ongoing violence against children painted an incredibly bleak picture. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

DURBAN - South Africa’s child protection services were in crisis, said World Vision SA, and a University of Cape Town (UCT) study found that only 19% of child abuse cases in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape were referred to the police by social services.

In turn, the police only referred 8% of such cases to social services.

Paula Barnard, national director of World Vision, said there was a lack of inter-sectoral collaboration between social services and the police.

“We’re dealing with a fragmented, inadequate system which is failing our children daily. Perpetrators aren’t brought to justice, and children don’t receive crucial therapeutic and support services that are vital to their recovery and long-term well-being,” she said.

The lack of social welfare support and co-operation between various departments, said Barnard, resulted in many cases falling through the cracks.

Jackie Branfield, of the human rights NGO Bobbi Bear that helps sexually abused children, said the researchers were being “generous” by saying 19%.

She said tests conducted on child victims of sexual abuse were supposed to be sent to the forensic laboratory within seven days. But this was not the case, because some samples had been lying around for 18 months.

From her experience, Branfield said that 12 years ago only about 2% of cases that went to court in Durban resulted in convictions.

She felt the Department of Social Development needed to be more efficient.

“If the department could do only a quarter of their job, then there would be no need for Bobbi Bear,” Branfield said.

Valdi van Reenen-Le Roux, director of the Trauma Centre in the Cape, agreed there were not enough services which protected children.

“There are not enough counsellors and social workers, and that is why not a lot of children have access to these crucial services.”

The Child Abuse Tracking Study 2017, by UCT’s Children’s Institute, found that children were most at risk in their own homes, and younger children especially were most likely to be abused by a relative or someone they knew - 80% of under-four-year-olds were related to their abusers.

“Perpetrators behave with impunity and they often show callous disregard for the effects of their actions on children,” the report read.

Poor record-keeping meant vital information was often missing from files. The lack of information meant allocation of resources would be a problem.

“The lack of inter-sectoral collaboration was based on a lack of trust and low expectations, for example the police referred cases to the Department of Social Development and nothing happened.

“Additionally, there was limited inter-sectoral collaboration between other departments. Critically, schools and teachers are not being involved in the management of children post abuse,” the study found.

According to UCT’s research, delays in justice and lack of psychosocial support meant children were being traumatised again and could lead to them suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Another study, the Optimus Study by UCT and the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, found that: “Of the young people interviewed in schools 35.4% - one in every three young people - had experienced some form of sexual abuse at some point in their lives.”

It found that 26.3% of children who were interviewed at home said they experienced sexual abuse.

The research found that 36.8% of boys and 33.9% of girls reported some form of sexual abuse.

The study estimated that more than 784967 young people aged 15 to 17 in South Africa had been sexually abused.

The Daily News had earlier this year reported that Childline received 20,000 calls for help in the province every month.

Most of the children come from Chatsworth, Phoenix, Pinetown, Inanda, KwaMashu and uMlazi.

Both the KZN police and the Department of Social Development declined to comment until they read the recent UCT study.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thobeka Mbhele told the Daily News that the police were not allowed to comment on statistics that were not from the police minister.

South Yorkshire Police 'failed to act' on child sex abuse claims against Ian Watkins

The ex-partner of former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins says she was ignored by officers when she repeatedly made allegations against him

Ben Bason

The police watchdog says South Yorkshire Police failed to act on child sex abuse claims made against former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins.

Watkins was jailed for 35 years for child sex crimes in 2013 after an investigation by police in Wales but his ex-partner says she made a number of claims to officers in our county the year before and was ignored.

Joanne Mjadzelics says she even took in his laptop, that contained indecent pictures, to Doncaster police station.

The IPCC say that the inaction by officers may have placed a child at risk of further abuse for several months.

IPCC Comissioner Jan Williams IPCC Commander said:

“The evidence suggests there was a general view among officers at Doncaster that Ms Mjadzelics was not to be taken seriously, and consequently enquiries were not progressed as they should have been.

“It is concerning that a neighbourhood police constable without specific training or support, rather than an officer from a specialist team, was expected to view and make judgement on a potential image of child sexual abuse.

“South Yorkshire Police did not handle a request for assistance from South Wales Police thoroughly. I have recommended they create a policy document setting out what is expected of officers in collaborating on serious offence investigations.”

The IPCC now want the force to review how the deal with child sex abuse claims.

It's made the following recommendations:

• only suitably trained and qualified officers carry out child sex abuse investigations;
• their process for allocating serious offence enquiries should be reviewed to ensure they are assigned to the appropriate department; and
• a policy document is created to assist SYP collaboration with other police forces.

South Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable David Hartley has responded to the findings saying:

“Our handling of this matter fell far below the standard the public or we as a service would expect and I would like to offer my sincere apologies to Ms Mjadzelics as she received a service that was unacceptable with no support"

"As a service, we are absolutely committed to working together to protect the most vulnerable, achieve justice, and prevent future offending.

Ms Mjadzelics had a right to expect, and demand better from South Yorkshire Police.”

The NSPCC say it's "vitally important that lessons are learned" from South Yorkshire Police's handling of the claims.

A spokesman for the charity said:

“While Watkins is thankfully behind bars where he belongs, the report’s damning conclusion that a failure to treat initial claims made against the singer seriously could have put a child in danger should be a wake-up call for all those involved.

“The force must now ensure each of the report’s recommendations are swiftly acted on and appropriate action taken."

Recluse who fled to Glasgow caught with 11k
child abuse images
Chris Humphreys

A PAEDOPHILE who was found to have more than 11,000 still and moving images showing the sexual abuse of children has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

Christopher Knee appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced for 12 offences relating to the possession and distribution of videos and pictures of a sexual nature that involved children and animals.

The 22-year-old first appeared at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on May 3 where he pleaded guilty to the offences. He was told that the offending was so serious he would be sentenced by a judge.

Knee has been living near Glasgow having fled Swindon when investigations into his offending first came to light.

The court heard how he came to the attention of the police as a result of investigations by the National Crime Agency.

Officers raided his address in January 2016 and his electronic devices were seized. Large numbers of still and moving images, many in category A which is the most serious, were found by specialist investigators.

Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, said: “This defendant was identified as a person accessing and sharing indecent images using online file sharing websites. He used his real name and email address. “The devices that were seized each had high volumes of indecent images.”

Ms Hingston went on to outline that, in total, there were 3,183 images and videos in category A, 5,971 in category B and 2,191 in category C. She added: “When officers examined the devices they found numerous chat messages discussing the sharing of images.”

The judge was asked to take into account aggravating features including the age and vulnerability of the children, the “discernible pain” they were experiencing, the high volume of images and the number of people to whom they were distributed.

Gareth James, defending, acknowledged that the offending was very serious. He told the court that Knee had suffered traumatic experiences in his early life that had played a role in his behaviour.

“He is now a recluse,” said Mr James. “He lives in a property without internet access and has sought help. He does take his offending very seriously.”

Sentencing Knee to a total of five years and four months in prison, Recorder Richard Onslow said: “These images were some of the worst imaginable kinds of utterly depraved acts against children, including babies. You had evidently searched for these images and discussed the sexual abuse of children with other parties.

“You are 22, you have no previous convictions, you have led an isolated and lonely life and there are matters which trouble you. “But you know, as do most people, that making, possessing and distributing these appalling images encourages the vile trade in these things and the commission of dreadful acts against young, innocent children.”

Knee will serve half of his sentence in prison and half in the community on licence. He will be subject to a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.

His electronic devices will be destroyed.

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A father & son arrested for child porn
18 y/o girl arrested for molesting a 4 y/o in her care
Lewis-McChord soldier gets 20 years for video of him raping child
Sheriff arrests several youth detention workers for CSA

Nurse Emily Stephens pleads not guilty
KSBW Amy Larson  

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —
Emily Joy Stephens made her first appearance in a Santa Cruz courtroom Friday as she pleaded not guilty to eight counts of child sex abuse.

The 30-year-old nurse was extradited by Watsonville police from an Arizona jail to Santa Cruz County Wednesday night.

Stephens, Santa Cruz brain surgeon James Kohut, and Dominican Hospital nurse Rashel Brandon are accused of sexually abusing children who are less than 10 years old.

Stephens ' defense attorney, Brian Worthington, objected to a prosecutor's request for the judge to increase her bail from $500,000 to $6 million.

Stephens, Kohut, and Brandon are all scheduled to return to court September 6 for a bail hearing.

The case against the two nurses and neurosurgeon shocked the local medical community.

Watsonville Police Chief David Honda said, "This is a disturbing and complex case."

The Watsonville Police Department's investigation began when Brandon's husband found a tape in his Watsonville home showing his wife and Stephens committing graphic sex acts against three young children, according to the arrest warrant. Brandon's husband immediately went to police with the tape, the warrant says.

Honda said the tape was recorded in March 2017 inside a Scotts Valley hotel room.

Police Capt. George Zamora said, "I can tell you it's very disturbing. I have not seen a case like this in my career. It's very sad."

James Kohut

The investigation uncovered evidence that Kohut preyed on children for two decades, prosecutors said. The 57-year-old man wanted to create taboo "sexual families," by impregnating women and raising a child in a sexually-charged environment, court documents state.

Kohut had extramarital affairs with 43-year-old Brandon and Stephens, and children were abused during some of the sexual encounters, according to an arrest warrant served by the Pima County Sheriff's Department on Stephen's house in Arizona.

Seven children were taken into protective custody.

If convicted of the charges against them, Brandon, Stephens, and Kohut are facing life sentences. For now, they remain locked in the Santa Cruz County Jail.

Rashel Brandon

Earlier this summer, Judge John Salazar and Judge Samuel Stevens granted Kohut a $6.45 million bail over strong objections from Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore. Moore argued Kohut should not receive bail because he's a flight risk, a suicide risk, and represents an ongoing danger to children.

The wealthy neurosurgeon's financial assets are frozen because his wife, Karen Kohut, filed for separation in June.

Brandon's bail is set at half a million dollars.

Central Texas man charged with possessing, distributing and producing child pornography

Defendant is a former swim club employee where covert cameras were positioned inside a girl’s locker room

SAN ANTONIO – Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested a central Texas man Thursday for allegedly sexually exploiting children.

Kenneth Lee Briggs, 43, from Kyle, Texas, was arrested after a criminal complaint was filed in federal court on Aug. 16. On Thursday, he made his initial appearance in U.S. Magistrate Court in Austin, Texas.

According to the criminal complaint, in November 2016, HSI Austin special agents received information from the Kyle (Texas) Police Department (KPD) that Briggs was potentially involved in possessing, distributing, and producing child pornography. That same month, KPD executed a state search warrant at a residence in Kyle, Texas, belonging to Briggs. During the execution of the warrant, KPD officers seized numerous electronic storage devices believed to contain child pornography. KPD then transferred to HSI all the seized material. HSI’s forensic examination revealed videos depicting what appeared to be the inside of a girl’s locker room. HSI special agents also determined that the footage was taken at a local swimming pool facility located in the Cedar Park, Texas, area, where Briggs had worked previously. Briggs is suspected of installing covert cameras at the swim facility to obtain the images.

Briggs, who remains in federal custody, is scheduled for a detention hearing Aug. 22 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane in Austin.

If convicted, Briggs faces a minimum of five and up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 16,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2016, more than 2,600 child predators were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 800 victims identified or rescued.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

New child-sex charges lodged against inmate
By Austin L. Miller 

Woman found videotape evidence

A man incarcerated for sexually abusing children in two separate counties, including Marion, was re-arrested on charges that he committed a similar offense.

John L. Fullbright has been booked on 20 counts of sexual performance on a child. Fullbright, 32, has been in prison since late February 2016 and is not scheduled to be released until June 2035, state records show.

According to Marion County Sheriff’s Office Master Sgt. Jerry Bevan’s report, in January, a woman said she was working at her Ocklawaha home when her flashlight fell between two floorboards in the attic. The woman said when she pulled up a board, she found video tapes, thumb drives and other computer technology under the floor.

Viewing the videos, she saw what appeared to be a man having sex with a child. The woman said she stopped the video and called the Sheriff’s Office. A deputy went to the home, collected the videos and stored them into evidence.

A few days later, Bevan took the videos from the evidence room and watched them. The video showed graphic videos of a male molesting a little girl.

From his investigation, Bevan was able to contact a woman who knows the child. The supervisor was able to crop the photographs so the woman would not have to see the sexual activity. The woman was able to identify the man as Fullbright and the juvenile.

In late May, Bevan went to Columbia Correctional Institution to interview Fullbright. The detective told Fullbright about the videos and wanted to question him about images seen on the video, but Fullbright declined to talk. Bevan told Fullbright that he was going to get a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was signed by a judge in June.

You need a warrant to arrest a man in prison? Hmmm.

Officials said the repeated sexual abuse against the victim occurred when she was about 8 or 9. The victim is now 12.

Fullbright was arrested by a sheriff’s detective in August 2015 for sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl. At the time, he had been arrested in Levy County for abusing a child. In the Marion County case, authorities said Fullbright had molested the victim on many occasions before it was reported.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement website lists Fullbright as a sexual predator who was convicted in Marion County for attempted sexual battery. He was convicted in Levy County for possession of photo/picture showing sexual performance by a child.

Father, son arrested on child porn charges

GLENSIDE, Pa. -- A father and son from Montgomery County have been arrested for possessing and distributing sexually explicit images of children, District Attorney Kevin Steele announced Thursday.

Harry Ennis, 68, of Edge Hill Road in Glenside, Abington Township has been charged with 100 counts of Sexual Abuse of Children/Child Pornography. His bail was set at $75,000 cash. He failed to make bail and is being held at Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

His son, 29-year-old Patrick Ennis, has been charged with Sexual Abuse of Children/Dissemination. Sexual Abuse of Children/Child Pornography and Criminal Use of a Communications Facility. Patrick was released after posting a $25,000 cash bail.

Authorities say on April 13, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a cybertip report from AOL regarding the uploading of 27 images that appeared to be child pornography.

Officials traced the IP address to the Edge Hill Road address where both Ennis family members live.

Authorities executed a search warrant and found the 27 files were uploaded from a computer in Patrick Ennis' bedroom.

A forensic examination of Harry Ennis' electronics found more than 600 sexually explicit image files and two video files. Authorities determined the files were child pornography.

A joint preliminary hearing for both men will be held on August 24.

Glenside, Abington, PA

An 18-year-old babysitter forced a 4-year-old boy to perform sex acts on her, police say

San Antonio police arrested an 18-year-old babysitter for allegedly sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy.

According to KENS5, Esmeralda Marie Medellin was babysitting the child in March when she allegedly performed sexual acts on the child.

Police records say the child told his mother that she also made the boy perform sexual acts on her, according to News4. The boy’s mother called the police immediately.

Results from a DNA test confirmed the boy’s statements, according to News4.

Medellin is now charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and held on $75,000 bond, according to News4 and KENS5.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.

According to Darkness to Light, a non-profit child sexual abuse prevention group, 90 percent of victims know the abuser, and about 60 percent are abused by a person the child’s family trusts.

Ex-JBLM soldier raped a 2-year-old child with autism.
Now he's going to prison
by: Stacia Glenn, The News Tribune 

A former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for videotaping himself raping a 2-year-old child with autism.

Luis Alberto Morales, 42, also will have lifetime supervision after he is released and must register as a sex offender.

Morales pleaded guilty in May to producing child pornography after federal prosecutors dropped a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor.

“This is a horrific crime – words are inadequate to describe the harm done by this defendant,” U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said in a news release.

Then why did you drop the aggravated sexual abuse of a minor charge? You have video evidence of it. What was your motivation to plea deal? Good grief!

Morales’ estranged wife found videos on his cell phone showing the rape in August 2016 and showed them to Army Military Police, prompting his arrest.

He has remained in federal custody as the case wound its way through court.

Prosecutors said the mother was in the hospital when Morales raped the child.

Youth academy steeped in sex, physical abuse, cover-ups, sheriff says

Three former high-level administrators at Highlands Youth Academy have been arrested, charged with running a program steeped in abusive treatment of youths, cover-ups and illicit sex between staff and detainees. 

Some of the youth workers were having sex with the underage boys in their care. Others were smuggling drugs, money, cellphones and porn. A top administrator reportedly sent a kid to the hospital during a violent restraint, bragging: “You gonna learn; this my program.”

But if conditions at the Highlands Youth Academy in Avon Park were not exactly conducive to the rehabilitation of delinquent youths, state juvenile justice administrators were doing little to turn things around. So, on Thursday, the Polk County sheriff arrested three former top administrators, saying the charges appeared to be the only way to clean the place up.

The Department of Juvenile Justice, Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said Friday, “did not provide checks and balances and appropriate oversight. If they did, they would have discovered what we discovered.”

A riot at the Highlands Youth Academy in 2013 left the premises trashed.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office

In a prepared statement Friday afternoon, DJJ said it had taken “significant steps” to improve Highlands since a youth uprising four years ago, including the installation of security cameras, increased staff-to-youth ratios, and $2 million in structural improvements.

“Any assertion that DJJ has not worked to improve this facility’s operations and services is false. We are 100% committed to youth safety and will hold anyone accountable who is not. We have not, do not, and will not tolerate staff who endanger the safety and well-being of youth placed in our care,” the statement said.

“We take every allegation of misconduct at our contracted programs very seriously and DJJ’s Inspector General’s Office is actively investigating the allegations at Highlands Youth Academy. We appreciate the efforts of our law enforcement partners to investigate incidents at Highlands Youth Academy and will work with them to bring a resolution to this matter.”

Highlands Youth Academy has a long and troubled history: On Aug. 17, 2013, a full-scale riot erupted at the compound after a disagreement over what news reports said was a basketball game bet. About 150 law officers, including a SWAT team, were needed to quell the unrest, and 61 boys were arrested, records say. A grand jury in Polk County released a blistering report on the academy on July 14, 2015, expressing “grave concerns” over DJJ’s inability to “intervene, to treat our troubled youth, while protecting the public.”

“We told them at the time, you’ve got to follow the law, appropriately report to [child abuse investigators] and you’ve got to quit doing this stuff,” Judd told the Herald Friday. “They ignored us.”

Judd said juvenile justice administrators seemed “personally offended that we were messing around in their business.”

The sheriff said he dug in his heels that and his detectives have been investigating the 80-bed mental health and drug treatment center ever since. In November 2015, detectives received tips about other “criminal activity,” including sexual abuse, juveniles being beaten by, or beating up, workers — and supervisors covering it all up, a spokeswoman said. The far-ranging investigation that followed resulted in the May 12, 2016, arrest of former youth worker Deidre Baucom on charges of sexual misconduct and contraband smuggling.

Deidre Baucom
Polk County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, the department made three additional arrests: Norma Wynn, 56, of Sebring, the program’s former top administrator, on 12 charges of child neglect, failure to report and evidence tampering; Jose Sanchez, 63, of Sebring, a former assistant administrator, on eight charges of child neglect and evidence tampering; and Johnny Hart, 40, of Okaloosa County, another former assistant administrator, on six counts of child abuse, child neglect and evidence tampering.

Though he had been accused in May 2016 of slamming a youth to the floor and then grinding his elbow into the teen’s head and neck, Hart was arrested at another DJJ youth program, the Okaloosa Youth Development Center in Crestview, where he is the program administrator. The youth restrained by Hart suffered injuries to his shoulder, leg and neck, records say.

“We hauled him away from that facility in handcuffs,” Judd said said of Hart.

“The Highlands Youth Academy has been, and likely still is, a mess,” Judd said. “Since the riot in 2013, warning bells have been ringing loud and clear. About the only thing I can tell that [DJJ] has done about it has been to turn the alarm off and circle the wagons,” he added.

In arrest records the department released Friday, the department said DJJ was not alone in concealing wrongdoing.

In December 2015, detectives received an anonymous complaint about multiple female youth workers “having sexual relationships with the youthful offenders” housed at Highlands, the sheriff’s office said. One of the suspects was Deidre Baucom, a youth worker at the time. The previous March, a 16-year-old boy had described having sex with Baucom, now 27, in the bathroom of his dormitory.

The incident, however, remained hidden for months. The 16-year-old wrote a statement detailing Baucom’s misconduct, and gave it to a youth worker, and at least two other detainees alleged similar behavior. A shift supervisor later told detectives that he’d turned the witness statements over to Sanchez, one of the assistant administrators. But when a DJJ inspector asked for any records detailing Baucom’s alleged misconduct, Wynn told her there weren’t any.

“The facility found no truth to the allegations,” the inspector, Lori Hardyman, was told, an arrest affidavit said.

The day she was arrested, May 12, 2016, Baucom “admitted to having sexual intercourse” with the teen, an arrest report says. She is now on probation, and is listed as a registered sex offender in Polk County.

The sheriff’s office’s investigation also turned up “numerous concerns” about another female youth worker, records say. Around August of 2015, a colleague witnessed the worker sitting in the open doorway of a boy’s bedroom. “Her left arm was extended into the door frame, at waist level, and was making a flexing motion,” a report said. When the witness got closer, he “heard the sound of an elastic waistband snapping.”


Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd

Inside the bedroom was a detained boy. The youth later acknowledged the worker had been performing a sex act.

The witness also notified Sanchez about what he saw, and submitted an incident report. But later, Wynn told the witness’ boss “to not document the incident on any other reports, as the incident was closed,” an arrest report says.

The witness was transferred to another unit. The youth worker was returned to her post.

She was never charged “as there was not enough evidence to be able to prove it in court,” said a sheriff’s office spokeswoman, Carrie Horstman. “Although the victim was credible, it was not a prosecutable case. We believe it happened and we believe the victim,” Horstman added.

Another youth worker told detectives that she, too, was aware of the uncharged staffer’s activities, and that they should have been reported and investigated. “Instead, the witnesses were called to a meeting after the incident and were told [by an administrator] ‘if you didn’t visually see anything, don’t say anything about it’,” an arrest report said.

The youth academy “wasn’t reporting what was occurring to DJJ, and DJJ was ignoring the obvious.” Judd said. “They ignored it all.”

Polk Co., FL

The Race to Rescue Cambodian Children from Orphanages Exploiting Them for Profit

Despite good intentions, Australians and others from western countries are often propping up Asian orphanages that separate children from families. Now there’s new efforts to tackle some of the consequences of ‘voluntourism’

A family in Battambang, Cambodia, supported by the Cambodian Children’s Trust which works to keep families together and stop children going to orphanages.

Christopher Knaus

Much was hidden from the tourists visiting Sinet Chan in her rundown Cambodian orphanage.

When they returned to their hotels, cameras full and best intentions sated, they remained oblivious to the reality of what they had just supported.

Chan, the nine-year-old who sang and danced for them, was being starved. She and the other children hunted and ate mice to survive.

The orphanage’s director beat and raped her, repeatedly, over the course of several years. She was forced to toil in his rice paddies and farms without pay. Clothes and toys donated to her would be taken to the market, sold, and used to line the director’s pockets.

“I thought it might be a good place. Maybe I could have enough food to eat, have a chance to go to school. But actually what I imagined is wrong,” Chan told Guardian Australia. “He dressed us up looking poor so the visitors see us, they feel pity for us, and they donate more,” she said.

“But they don’t really know what was going on inside the orphanage.”

What the tourists saw was a pantomime. A cruel theatre with vulnerable children as its cast.

Chan was one child of an estimated 16,500 living in 406 residential care institutions in Cambodia, according to a survey released in April by the Cambodian government and the United Nations children’s fund (Unicef).

The vast majority of those children are not orphans. Roughly 80% still have a living parent, according to Friends International, a child-focused nongovernment organisation operating across south-east Asia.

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of orphanages has increased by 60% in Cambodia, and half are now concentrated in the tourist destinations of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

The growth in orphanages is completely at odds with a declining poverty rate and falling numbers of genuine orphans over the same decade, according to Friends International’s Cambodian communications coordinator, James Sutherland.

“Coincidentally that was a period of real growth in tourism as well, and in ‘voluntourism’ – combining holidays with humanitarian work,” Sutherland tells Guardian Australia from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.

“So essentially what’s happened is that unscrupulous directors of institutions have seen a business opportunity,” he said.

It’s a problem that extends well beyond Cambodia’s borders. An estimated eight million children live in institutions globally, and the vast majority still have family who, given the right support, could care for them.

Sinet Chan and Tara Winkler from the Cambodian Children’s Trust. Photograph: Pete Longworth
The money trail: Australian support for orphanages

Australians are among the top financial supporters of orphanages in many south-east Asian countries, including Cambodia, according to Unicef.

Australia props up the industry through volunteers, donations, and tourist visits, arranged by Australian travel agencies, charities, churches, universities, or high schools.

“Despite their good intentions, supporters of orphanages such as tourists and volunteers, actually end up contributing to the breaking up of families and removing children from their own family environment,” Unicef’s Cambodian communications chief, Iman Morooka, told Guardian Australia.

The support from Australia’s faith-based groups, mostly Christian but also some Islamic groups, is overwhelming. Guardian Australia has been given as-yet unpublished research showing the true extent of religious support for orphanages. It shows 51% of all church attendees in Australia are contributing funding to institutional care overseas.

About one-quarter were providing the funding through a Christian agency or charity, and another 21% did so through their local churches.

The study was organised by ACCI, a Christian charity, which commissioned a report through the national church life survey, a study of 20 Christian denominations, 3,000 local churches, 270,000 adult and child attendees, and 6,000 laypeople and clergy.

ACCI Relief’s international programs chief executive, Rebecca Nhep, said it was the first clear picture of the level of religious support for foreign orphanages. 

“Huge – it’s absolutely huge,” Nhep said. “We knew anecdotally that that was the case, but this is the first time that we’ve seen quantitative data to show it,” she said.

Australian universities that offer volunteer placements and high schools are also significant contributors. A research project conducted by Griffith University law and human trafficking expert, Kate van Doore, last year found 57.5% of Australian universities were advertising orphanage placements through international volunteering programs.

Between 4.35% and 15.61% of public schools fundraised or took trips to orphanages, varying across state and territories.

Australian NGOs and charities are also big players. About 245 registered NGOs directly funded or sent volunteers to residential care institutions, and 565 Australian charities were involved with or operated residential care institutions overseas.

Australian-based travel agencies market orphanage placements as “voluntourism”, a blend of holiday and volunteering sold to well-intentioned travellers.

Van Doore and her team found 22 Australian-based travel agencies or organisations that send volunteers to residential care centres. Another 61 overseas-based travel agencies were found to be recruiting Australian volunteers to work in residential care.

“I think people who are supporting orphanages, whether they’re funding or volunteering, generally have excellent intentions,” van Doore said. “Unfortunately it’s those very good intentions that are being manipulated in these instances.”

It’s not just foreign support that props up foreign orphanages. The phenomenon is driven by complex internal factors like poverty, economic migration, and disability.

But, in places like Cambodia, orphanages are now replacing more traditional forms of kinship care and community-based care as a means of caring for orphaned children. To sustain the business, children are “recruited” from poor families with promises of education and a better life. Some are trafficked.

Many orphanages deliberately market themselves as tourist destinations. Children are kept looking poor and malnourished and taught to sing or dance to maximise pity and western donations.

Often visiting adults are allowed to take children on unaccompanied trips away from the orphanage.

“We see orphanages that have become tourist attractions and in many cases there is no rigorous background check of those given access to the facility,” Morooka said. “This puts children at risk of exploitation and sexual abuse,” he said.

A growing body of evidence suggests that, even where they are well-run, orphanages are damaging for children. Children tend to be more likely to develop reactive attachment disorders, developmental delays, behavioural issues, poor physical health and reduced intellectual capability compared to those living at home.

A path forward: returning children and cutting western demand

The momentum for change is building, in both Cambodia and Australia. In Australia, efforts are focused on pressuring the federal government to ban orphanage tourism.

Unscrupulous orphanage directors know that
if you open hearts, you also open wallets
James Sutherland

Reputable NGOs, charities, and travel companies have formed an alliance, known as ReThink Orphanages, to lobby government. They are also trying to raise awareness among smaller charities, schools, and universities.

The aim is not to cut off precious donations and volunteering resources, but to redirect it to reunification and reintegration services, which link children back up with their families.

Sutherland, from Friends International, says reducing the demand from the west is critical to ending orphanages in places like Cambodia.

“Most tourists, donors and volunteers are simply unaware of the facts, of the scale of the exploitation that is happening,” Sutherland said.

“Unscrupulous orphanage directors know that if you open hearts, you also open wallets,” he said.

There is real hope that the Australian government could soon take decisive action on orphanage tourism.

A parliamentary inquiry into the establishment of a modern slavery act is currently considering banning Australian support for orphanages in places such as Cambodia. 

In an effort to convince Australian politicians, Chan, now an adult, travelled to Canberra this week to give evidence before the committee. She told the inquiry of how an Australian, Tara Winkler, rescued her, after initially working at the orphanage as a volunteer. Winkler soon realised the extent of exploitation occurring within the orphanage.

“I began to realise the gross corruption that was going on, that every cent that was being sent to the orphanage, not just from me, was being embezzled by the director, and the kids were often catching mice to feed themselves,” she told Guardian Australia.

Winkler rescued 14 children, with the help of the Cambodian government, and set up her own orphanage. She soon realised opening her own institution was a mistake. The children, once away from the orphanage, began to open up. They told Winkler their parents were still alive.

Winkler gradually realised the extent of the problem and created the Cambodian Children’s Trust, which helps to reunite children in orphanages with their families.

Tara Winkler, you totally rock!

“I think it’s really important for people to remember, in Cambodia, the poverty rate has been in steady decline, the number of orphans as well, and yet the number of orphanages has skyrocketed,” she said. 

“The heartbreaking thing is that it’s all done with such good intentions ... well, mostly. [But] they’re literally causing the trafficking of these children from their families into these institutions. When people find that out, that’s a jagged little pill to swallow.”

A significant proportion of Cambodia’s orphanage network is operating without scrutiny. The Cambodian government-Unicef survey this year found 12% were not registered with the government, meaning they operate completely off the radar.

About 38% have never been inspected by government, and 21% have no agreement with the government in place.

The Cambodian government is now working with Unicef and Friends International to deal with the problem, a partnership called 3PC.

The partnership involves 50 Cambodian child welfare and protection NGOs, who work to reintegrate children with their families, while providing medical and psychological services, family support, and transitional care.

The ministry of social affairs, veterans, and youth rehabilitation has set a target of reintegrating 30% of children back to their families and communities in five priority provinces by the end of 2018. 

A stricter registration and monitoring regime is being put in place, and the government and NGOs are pressuring orphanages to transition into community-based support services.

Chan is now trying to build a positive life for herself. She works as a script writer on a Cambodian television show, and as an ambassador for Winkler’s trust, recounting her story again and again to try to prompt change.

“I think, for people, around the world, there is no better place like home,” Chan said. “You live with your family. You have your mum and dad, your brother and sister, if you have that kind of family, why do they need to go to live in the orphanage?

“I think if they want to help Cambodian children to have a good future or better education, better to have a poor parent that can look after their own kid, and they can have support on top of that.”

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Stories from Canada, Israel, UK-3, India & Trinidad on Today's Global P&P List

Heroine fights off child abductor
Rabbi with record of protecting peds, steps down
Paedophile teacher gets slap on the wrist
Sarah Champion - victim of gutless leader
3 young perverts get 45 years total
Search for unidentified woman in child sex case
10 y/o girl has Uncle's baby but doesn't know it
Police ignored social media post of CSA of 3 y/o

Daycare Owner Tells Heroic Story Of
Encounter With Abduction Suspect

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News

The woman who beat back a 35 year old man trying to abduct children, has told her amazing story.

Chelsi Sabbe operates the Tiny Treasures Licensed Daycare.  She says she spotted Kenneth John Tuesday morning as he approached two of her children at a playground.

She says he managed to grab one child and started running.  She caught him, jumped on his back and began to choke him until he dropped to the ground and released the child.

Before she could get all of the children to safety, he grabbed another child.  But Sabbe fought him off again.  And she managed to fight him off a third time when he tried to grab a third youngster.

Sabbe says she used her MMA training to beat the man, leaving him bloodied and bruised.  At one point, she says she went toe to toe with the full grown man.

Once the threat was over, Sabbe was checked out in hospital for her injuries.  Today she is sporting bruises on her arm and on her neck.  Her knuckles are swollen from all of the punches she threw.

Rabbi Kluwgant quits Adass Israel School

RABBI Meir Shlomo Kluwgant has resigned as principal
and CEO of  Melbourne’s Adass Israel School

The AJN can reveal that Rabbi Kluwgant tendered his resignation because of concerns raised by child sexual abuse survivor Dassi Erlich, who met with the board last month.

Erlich was sexually abused by former Adass principal Malka Leifer, who was spirited out of the country by members of the Adass community in 2008 after allegations of her abuse became public.

Welcoming news of Rabbi Kluwgant’s resignation, Erlich told The AJN, “I feel heartened that I was able to speak out for the students past and present of the school and the school board heard my concerns and acted. It really gives me hope that the school is moving in the right direction and positive change is happening.”

In June the Adass board announced that Rabbi Kluwgant had been appointed as the principal and CEO, but the news was immediately met with outrage by victims of child sexual abuse and others in the community.

While there has never been any claim or implication that Rabbi Kluwgant acted inappropriately with children himself, concerns were raised over how he had previously handled issues related to child sexual abuse.

As a result of those issues, The AJN can also reveal that The Association of Principals of Jewish Day Schools (Victoria) wrote to Adass last month and said that they would not be willing to meet with Rabbi Kluwgant.

“We have informed Adass that six of the principals insisted that Adass send a representative other than Rabbi Kluwgant to the meetings of the Principals’ Association,” one principal said.

Child sexual abuse victims’ advocate Manny Waks welcomed the news of Kluwgant’s resignation on behalf of several victims.

Both Adass and Kluwgant have horrific histories when it comes to mishandling matters relating to child sexual abuse,” Waks said.

“Kluwgant’s appointment was a slap in the face to the Yeshivah victims who worked so hard to expose his true character and to the Adass victims who continue to suffer terribly as a result of the lack of education and poor decision-making of the Adass School Board.

Former teacher get wrist slapped for
child sexual abuse

A former teacher who pleaded guilty at his first hearing in court to non-recent sexual offences against a pupil at a school in East Sussex has today (August 16) been jailed.

Christopher Jarvis, 73, had previously been sentenced to eight years' imprisonment in 2013 for a series of sexual offences and received a further concurrent jail term in 2015 for gross indecency against a boy.

Jarvis pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 19 July 2017 to three charges of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14 between December 1966 and July 1969, when the victim was aged between 11 and 13.

The charges in all three cases related to St Peter's, a now-defunct boarding school in Seaford, East Sussex, where Jarvis worked.

Kathryn Newman, from the CPS, said: "The defendant abused his position of trust as a teacher and perpetrated this abuse over a number of years against a child in his care.

"Although these crimes occurred in the late 1960s, we have been able to bring Jarvis to justice all these years later, as his victim was able to find the strength to report what had happened to him as a child."

Jarvis was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment for each of the three counts, to run concurrently.

8 months!??? 8 months!!!???? Good grief, he will be out by Christmas. He screwed up that poor kids life but he will be out by Christmas. Sure hope it doesn't inconvenience him!!!!

Was Labour right to 'sack' Sarah Champion for saying Pakistani men ‘rape, exploit white girls’?

Sarah Champion was reportedly forced out of the Labour shadow cabinet after writing a controversial piece for the Sun claiming authorities must examine possible cultural reasons why British Pakistani men are “raping and exploiting white girls.”

The MP for Rotherham apologized for “the extremely poor choice of words” and quit as shadow equalities minister on Wednesday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn showed no opposition to Champion’s resignation, saying his party would not “blame or demonize any particular group.”

What he didn't say was that his party would not stand up for the thousands of young British girls who are being abused by Pakistani men. He will bow down to his god of political correctness and sacrifice as many girls as it takes to appease that monster.

In fact, according to PoliticsHome, it was Corbyn himself who removed Champion from her Shadow Cabinet-level post.

Champion’s article followed news last week of 17 men being jailed for abusing women and girls as young as 14 in Newcastle. Most of the men were born in Britain but had Iraqi, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, and Turkish origins.

Following the conviction, the long-time child protection campaigner said gang-related abuses are “predominantly” carried out by Pakistani men, and that cases of sexual abuse are not being reported and investigated effectively because authorities fear they will be called racists.

Champion reiterated her remarks in the Sun column.

“Britain has a problem with British-Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls,” said Champion

“There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?”

She went on to say: “These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage.”

Even more common than their Pakistani heritage is their Muslim faith. It is the Quran that gives them the 'moral right' to sexually abuse little, white, British girls. 

Champion’s resignation has divided opinion.

sue robinson @wenchintrench
Sarah Champion is being made a hero for speaking out about child rape in Rotherham, she has been their MP for 5 years? why only now?

It's only now that the media is paying her any attention because it's no longer about little white British girls but about Pakistani men. The media really don't care about little, white, British girls; they are happy to sacrifice them on the altar of political correctness.

Another contested Champion's claim that it is Asian men mainly carrying out gang-related abuse.

Hannah Stoate @HannahStoate
We need to dispel the dangerous myth that it's only Asian men who sexually assault young women 

We need to dispel the red herring that people are saying only Asian men are sexually abusing young women. No-one is saying that! But to deny that there is a significant correlation between Asian, mostly Pakistani, and almost entirely Muslim men and the rape and sexual exploitation of young, white, British girls is a big part of the problem! In fact, it is the problem!

Others, however, have rallied to her defense.

Amina Lone, a Muslim Labour candidate who was born to Pakistani parents, praised Champion’s comments, saying she is “brave, not racist.”

Amina Lone @Amina_Lone
Replying to @Amina_Lone and 2 others
still said today. I hear it regularly. Sarah Champion was talking about a particular type of grooming which is carried by men because of their cultural/religious practices. Obvs not all men. She is not a racist but a brave woman speaking out about a politically awkward issue. Labour, bury your heads as much as you like in the black & white purist world you push.

“The chickens will come home to roost,” she tweeted.

Lone told BBC Newsnight: “She has been punished and used as a scapegoat because as a politician she’s an easy target.”

Her view was echoed by Conservative minister Sajid Javid, who is also of Pakistani descent, who hit out at Corbyn for condoning the former shadow minister’s resignation.

Sajid Javid ✔ @sajidjavid
Corbyn wrong to sack Sarah Champion. We need an honest open debate on child sexual exploitation, including racial motivation

Nigel Farage ✔ @Nigel_Farage
Telling the truth about tough issues is now impossible in the modern day Labour Party. Patheitc. https://order-order.com/2017/08/16/sarah-champion-resigns-from-shadow-cabinet/ …

Social media users also flocked to Twitter to speak out against Champion’s resignation.

Samuel Coates @samuelcoates
Good thread on Sarah Champion, and Labour missing the point. 

Peter Lamb @happydog666
Labour's reaction to Sarah Champion shows just how out of touch with the public they have become.

Rotherham, UK

Cardiff trio jailed for a total of 45 years for the
sexual abuse of three children

The defendants admitted to 36 counts relating to the
sexual abuse of three children under 16

A trio of abusers have been jailed for a total of 45 years for a horrific campaign of sexual abuse against children.

Emily Thomson (R), Matthew Thatcher (C) Mandy Wright (L)
Matthew David Thatcher, 26, and his half-sister Emily Thomson, 18, targeted three children in their sustained catalogue of abuse.

The three defendants admitted to 36 counts relating to the sexual abuse of the three children aged under 16.

Cardiff Crown Court heard on Thursday that Thatcher and Thomson took photographs of themselves sexually assaulting the children and sent graphic messages about their abuse and discussed their planned abuse.

Recorder of Cardiff Eleri Rees said: “The images and messages showed a careless disregard for the welfare of the children.”

Another woman, Mandy Wright, 28, of Ely, Cardiff, was jailed for her part in the crime, including possession of images of child sex abuse.

The court heard that South Wales Police officers discovered hundreds of images of sexual abuse of children taken during the trio’s abuse, including dozens marked in the most extreme category – category A.

Speaking of Thatcher, of Ely, Cardiff, Recorder Rees added: “He descended into the darkest of places.

“He discovered that he was capable of doing the most dreadful things.

“He was caught up in something that he found very difficult to get out of.

“It was a dreadful thing that was taking place.”

Recorder Rees sentenced Thatcher to 26 years, Thomson to 12 years, and Wright to seven years.

The harrowing abuse at one point caused the children to cry “like they could not breathe”. A medical examination of one of the young victims showed signs of “chronic sexual abuse”, the court heard.

The defence for Thomson, of Neath, said she was “blinded with her infatuation” of Thatcher and that she was in “love” with him and “did not view him as a relative”.

The trio’s sustained abuse came to light after Thatcher was caught trying to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old he had spoken to over Facebook.

Prosecutor Suzanne Thomas told the court that the messages became “sexual” and they arranged to meet up.

South Wales Police DCI Karen Thomas said: "Today, Matthew Thatcher, Emily Thomson, and Mandy Wright have been given long and deserved sentences for what are abhorrent crimes which have had a devastating impact upon their victims.

"Absorbing the detail and the nature of the abuse committed by these individuals has been harrowing for even the most experienced professionals involved in the investigation.

"I would like to take this opportunity to publicly commend the bravery of the victims in this case - they have experienced things which nobody should have to endure."

DCI Thomas said that the verdicts will hopefully allow the victims to "move forward with their lives".

She added: "his case really is proof that reporting suspicions and concerns to the police, the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, or to organisations such as the NSPCC can help to put an immediate end to the suffering endured by our most vulnerable individuals, and ensure that those behind the abuse are put behind bars where they can no longer offend."

ICE, INTERPOL seeking woman in
child sex abuse case

ICE and INTERPOL are seeking help identifying this woman, wanted for questioning in connection with a child sexual abuse and exploitation case.

U.S. and international investigators are asking for help identifying a woman wanted for questioning in connection with an unsolved child sexual abuse and exploitation case, according to a release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The release said investigators fear for the safety of a toddler experiencing ongoing sexual abuse. Investigators haven't been able to identify her using traditional means, and are asking for tips — which will remain confidential.

INTERPOL Washington has issued a notice to law enforcement officials in all 190 member countries in the International Criminal Police Organization, the release said.

Anyone with information on the woman is urged to call the HSI tip line at 1-866-347-2423, or submit an online tip at ice.gov/weborm/hsi-tip-form.

Ten-year-old rape victim delivers baby in India
but doesn't know it

Refused abortion by the Supreme Court, child repeatedly raped by uncle gives birth by Caesarean section.

A 10-year-old sexual abuse victim in India whose abortion plea was turned down by the country's Supreme Court has delivered a baby.

The child, who was repeatedly raped, had a Caesarean section on Thursday.

The girl did not know she was pregnant and was unaware she had delivered a baby.

Her parents told their daughter she was undergoing stomach surgery to remove a stone.

"The girl is doing fine; she is recovering. We expect she will be discharged early next week," said Dasari Harish, a physician who heads a committee overseeing the girl's care.

The minor, whose identity has been kept secret, delivered a baby girl in a state hospital in the northwestern city of Chandigarh, Harish said.

The girl was repeatedly raped by her uncle over seven months.

Almost 11,000 rape cases in 2015

The crime came to light when the girl was taken to hospital complaining of a stomach ache last month and was found to be around 30 weeks - or around seven months - into the pregnancy. Her uncle was arrested shortly afterwards.

"The parents of the girl have refused to take custody of the child, and have agreed to her adoption through the state agency. They said they don't even want to see the child," Harish told Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A local court refused to grant the child an abortion, saying it was too risky at such a late stage. A plea in the Supreme Court was dismissed for the same reason on July 28.

Indian law prohibits terminations at more than 20 weeks unless the mother's life is in danger or in exceptional circumstances. 

And being 10 years old wasn't an exceptional circumstance? Oh, right! We're in India.

An increasing number of such cases have come to the courts in recent years.

In May, a court allowed another 10-year-old girl allegedly raped by her stepfather to undergo an abortion.

As many as 10,854 cases of child rape were reported in India in 2015, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

Activists say that awareness of, and reporting of, sexual violence against women has risen since a fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi in 2012, which sparked nationwide protests and a tightening of the law.

But sexual violence against children remains a taboo topic, with most cases going unreported.

Police slow to investigate alleged child sex abuse reports on social media

Trinidad & Tobago
Police are investigating reports of child sex abuse in San Fernando after the issue was shared to social media earlier this week.

Officers attached to the Ste Madeleine Police Station are investigating the reports, which concern a family in Golconda Village.

Social media posts have been shared online alleging that the man sexually abused a three-year-old child. The ages of the children range from three to 11 years old, however, it is not clear if all of the children were abused. 

An anonymous citizen shared the post to social media earlier this week, saying that as a mother she was concerned by the reports.

The woman added that reports were previously made to the police, however, nothing was done.

“I would like to remain anonymous. There is some children needs help. They are being physically emotionally and sexually abused...ages 11,9,7,6,3, and 2..PLEASE can you help because the police are doing nothing.”

She said the man had been left to watch the children and was caught naked with the three-year-old child.

“On 11 the (relative) left him to watch the kids. He send the older ones outside and kept the 3 years old inside with him. When the brother went to see what's going on he saw the child and the man both naked. Officers went home to speak to the brother but he got scared and didn't speak up.”

She claimed that the children were not fed and previously one child was treated at hospital after being beaten with a cable.

Investigations are continuing.

Do we need an investigation into the police as well?