news items – French Schools, MI5 ‘hid’ child abuse, VIP paedophile ring, sex trafficking sting, Margaret Thatcher, Cyril Smith, Scotland’s child abuse survivors, child abuse streamed live, former Devon headmaster organist jailed

This week there were several news articles, including a major child abuse cover-up in French schools, MI5 ‘hid’ child abuse at boys’ home, Kincora historic VIP paedophile ring, sex trafficking sting operation – 25 to 35 million people are enslaved worldwide, Scotland’s child abuse survivors, child abuse streamed live to gang, Former Devon headmaster and organist jailed for abuse and charity steps up removal of child sex abuse images (31,266 pages last year).

National Scandal Over Major Child Abuse Cover-Up in French Schools

The French education system is set to become the focus of a national scandal after minister for education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem was forced to admit last week that 16 teachers were allowed to work in schools last year despite holding previous convictions for paedophilia.
http://www.newsweek.com/2015/04/10/national-scandal-break-france-over-decades-paedophile-cover-320218.html
http://goo.gl/ldYUPI

MI5 ‘hid’ child abuse at boys’ home: Former Army intelligence officer claims security chiefs told him to ‘stop digging’ when he reported possible paedophile ring
Brian Gemmell said spy chiefs ordered him to ‘stop digging’ at boys’ home
Former Army Intelligence officer claims MI5 covered up the sexual abuse
Staff jailed in 1980s for sexual abuse at notorious Kincora children’s home
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3029553/MI5-hid-child-abuse-boys-home-Former-Army-intelligence-officer-claims-security-chiefs-told-stop-digging-reported-possible-paedophile-ring.html
http://goo.gl/Ope32K

Kincora historic VIP paedophile ring
A Kincora abuse victim from Northern Ireland has told Channel 4 News how he was also abused at London’s Elm Guest House and Dolphin Square at the hands of “very powerful people”
http://www.channel4.com/news/vip-paedophile-ring-westminster-abuse-elm-guest-dolphin
http://goo.gl/437scy

Utah Attorney General speaks on sex trafficking sting operation
The U.S. Department of Justice and State Department say that 25 to 35 million people are enslaved worldwide — more than “all of the slaves in the transatlantic slave trade over generations cumulatively,”
http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/utah-attorney-general-speaks-on-sex-trafficking-sting-operation/article_d7ecb842-de58-11e4-85b9-1becbc2589e5.html
http://goo.gl/yBKw0A

British Child-Abuse Survivors Are Threatening Direct Action if They Don’t Get Justice from the Government
“People are beginning to realize that this is not about ‘conspiracy theorists’ as David Cameron called us. This is about real cover-up and real politicians involved in the worst sort of crimes,” added Phil. “It’s now become quite clear the Cabinet Office—David Cameron and Nick Clegg attempted to suppress evidence about Margaret Thatcher’s role in covering up what Cyril Smith got up to. The Cabinet Office tried to block Freedom of Information requests on the subject on four occasions.”
http://www.vice.com/read/child-abuse-survivors-inquiry-whitewash-923
http://goo.gl/PtRb8P

Scotland’s child abuse survivors call for compensation
SURVIVORS of historical child abuse in care homes, educational institutions, by religious orders and high-profile members of the Scottish establishment are calling for compensation to be granted as part of a forthcoming public inquiry.
In Care Abuse Survivors (INCAS), which represents nearly 400 victims of institutional abuse, said that, over the past 17 years of campaigning for an inquiry, scores of victims have died of old age, ill-health and suicide while waiting for justice for the shocking abuse they suffered as children while in care
http://www.thenational.scot/news/child-abuse-survivors-call-for-compensation.1914
http://goo.gl/2Aphuf

Child abuse was streamed live to gang, jury hears
Paedophiles who raped and abused a baby and a young boy streamed attacks online for other members of an alleged child sex ring to watch, a court has heard.
They would connect to the internet using the “dark web” – hiding their online activity – the jury heard
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32255592

Former Devon headmaster and organist jailed for “cruel and shocking” abuse regime on vulnerable school boys
A boarding school teacher has been jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of inflicting a reign of terror over vulnerable boys for two decades.
Downing has been the organist at Torrington church for 50 years during which his activities at the school have remained a secret. He went on to be a teacher at schools all over North and Mid Devon before he retired.  Downing, of Warren Lane, Torrington, denied 39 charges of indecent assault or gross indecency against seven boys aged seven to 12 between 1970 and 1985.
He was jailed for 21 years by Judge Graham Cottle who told him that some of his assaults would now be classified as rape….  http://m.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Devon-headmaster-organist-jailed-cruel-shocking/story-26320051-detail/story.html
http://goo.gl/TidjS7

Charity steps up removal of child sex abuse images 
The UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said it assisted in the removal of 31,266 pages last year, compared with 13,182 in 2013.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32288650
http://goo.gl/jYdi26

 

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