UK child migrants sent to ‘pedophile rings’ in Australia

  A UK inquiry has been told that child migrants kept being sent to farm schools in Australia despite official knowledge that some harboured pedophile rings.

Dr Margaret Humphreys of the Child Migrants Trust told the child sexual abuse inquiry in London that recruiters were sent to the UK to select children for church and charity-run farm schools in Australia.

“I think we would categorise that now as child trafficking,” she said on Friday.

The inquiry is examining the sexual, physical and emotional abuse suffered by thousands of children in care who were sent to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Rhodesia up to the 1970s.

Among the worst offenders were the Catholic order the Christian Brothers who ran farm schools in Western Australia and the royals-backed Fairbridge Society which ran farm schools in NSW.

The inquiry has heard from former child migrants that say they were routinely sexually abused and flogged by staff, were poorly fed, clothed and educated and used as virtual slave labour on the farms.

It’s also heard that authorities in the UK and Australia knew of sex abuse scandals at the institutions but no proper inspection systems were in place and the offending institutions were allowed to keep operating.

“It’s much clearer now that there was knowledge that some of the institutions were quite clearly pedophile rings,” Humphreys told the inquiry.

She said the sexual abuse of even one child should have prompted an inquiry but that didn’t happen and hundreds of children were abused.

Humphreys, who in 1993 was awarded the Order of Australia for her work with former child migrants, said a regime of bullying and beatings at the institutions meant children were terrified to complain of abuse.

She said children who ran away and complained to police were invariably not believed and would be returned to the institution where they were often beaten in front of the other children as a warning.

They were left “lonely and isolated” to deal with the abuse on their own, she said.

Humphreys slammed the defence that such abuse was in line with the “standards of the day”.

“When was it ever the standards of the day to rape children, to abuse children in this way?” she said.

On Thursday former British prime minister Gordon Brown told the inquiry the child migration scheme was a “national disgrace” and the UK government must compensate the more than 2000 former child migrants left before they died.

In 2010 Brown apologised to former child migrants on behalf of the British government for the distress caused to them by the scheme.


4 thoughts on “UK child migrants sent to ‘pedophile rings’ in Australia

  1. Jim Savile in Aus….. the BBC protected his hideous crimes against the young associated with Edward Heath, Britains PM, and his boat ‘Morning Cloud’.
    Another example of controlled media protecting the psychopaths….. that’s why our Media in Aus never mentions ‘UK Child Migrants’ and if they do, to compromise what is left of their morals, it is shoved back in the issue and not front page as it should be!
    Welcome to Aus Jimmy….. old Satan has loaned him to us for awhile!

  2. Is it THEIR attitude towards us?
    The more refined & dignified specimens of mankind on this planet.
    And we, others, the riff raff, are THEIR belongings to do with as THEY wish.
    That is what it looks like from where I can see it.

  3. Though the exact number is disputed, it is believed that there has been at least seven different species before the Homo sapiens.
    Homo signifies the human genus & the Homo sapiens – under which modern humans fall – is the last remaining species of the genus – that is to say that we are the only humans left.

    The above is Charles Darwin’s theory / hypothesis.

    It was his best guess – & given that there is no real evidence just his best judgement of how it was – he surely got it horrible wrong.

    Species traits have evolved just like every other thing on this planet.
    But I do not believe that the basic genetic makeup of mankind has changed all that much.
    Diversity & only diversity is why – mankind has survived to this day.
    That diversity is still within our makeup.
    So I ask.
    How many species of Homo sapiens are there / exist – on planet Earth today.

  4. It has become too easy to say, “Oh, He / She is a psychopath.”
    Rather than , “He / She is a different species of Homo sapien.”
    It hides them.
    It infers that they are one of us / like us & they are not.

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