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No stranger to child abuse scandals, cardinal now finds himself in firing line

July 3, 2017 ·  By

Australian Cardinal George Pell makes a statement at the Holy See press office in the Vatican city yesterday. Photo: Getty

The Pope is likely shaking the dust off a letter of resignation from one of his top men, Australian cardinal George Pell. The letter has been gathering dust in a Vatican file for just over a year – Pell submitted it, as obliged, when he turned 75 last year. Francis, if truly committed to reassuring […]


Victoria’s new child abuse laws target online offending and reverse onus of proof

July 3, 2017 ·  By Victoria for

Crimes Amendment (Sexual Offences) Act 2016 changes 50 offences in Victoria in a bid to stop abuse on platforms such as Skype and Snapchat. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Changes to 50 sexual offences update laws to tackle abuse on social media and other online platforms New laws have been introduced in Victoria to help protect children from abuse, holding religious, childcare, government and community organisations to account and modernising child abuse material laws. The Wrongs Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse) Act 2017 has come […]


Top Vatican official Cardinal George Pell denies sex offense accusations

June 30, 2017 ·  By Melanie Eversley and Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY for

Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017 after being charged with historical sex offences in a case that has rocked the church.

(Photo: ALBERTO PIZZOLI, AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinal George Pell says he is taking a leave of absence as the Vatican’s finance czar after Australian police charged him with multiple counts of “historical” sexual assault. Pell says he’s going back to Australia to fight the charges. AP One of the Vatican’s most senior officials on Thursday denied allegations of sexual offenses and […]


Women trafficked to Glasgow for sham marriages

June 29, 2017 ·  By Scotland for

Sam Poling with victim Anna

Eastern European crime gangs are repeatedly forcing trafficked women into sexual exploitation and sham marriages, a BBC investigation found. The programme, Humans for Sale, found one Slovakian girl who had been trafficked to Glasgow three times. Many of the women were forced into sham marriages with men, mainly from Pakistan, who were seeking to apply […]


US Lists China Among Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

June 29, 2017 ·  By

The State Department downgraded China in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report. (Representational)

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: President Donald Trump’s administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, listing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world’s worst human trafficking offenders. The State Department downgraded China in its annual “Trafficking in Persons Report,” saying Beijing is doing little to combat the phenomenon or protect […]


Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

June 28, 2017 ·  By Agence France-Presse for

In this photograph taken on May 23, 2017, Afghan former bacha Aimal, now in his 30s and who works as a youth activist, takes part in an interview with AFP at a house in Kabul

Adorned in makeup, fake breasts and bells, Jawed whirls around middle-aged men at Kabul’s underground bacha bazi, or “boy play” parties, where the former child sex slave finds freedom of sorts as a dancing boy. Jawed was kidnapped by a former jihadi commander in Shomali, north of Kabul, when he was barely 14, a victim […]


New laws strip pedophiles of passports

June 27, 2017 ·  By

An Australian passport pictured in Brisbane, Thursday, July 25, 2013. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

Federal parliament has passed new laws to stop convicted pedophiles from travelling overseas on “child rape holidays”. Derryn Hinch described Tuesday as one of the greatest days of his life as the legislation to strip pedophiles of their passports cleared the Senate. In 2016 alone, 800 men on the sex offender register travelled overseas, with […]


Philippines abuse: Paedophile Trevor Monk jailed

June 23, 2017 ·  By London for

More than 80,000 images of children were found on Trevor Monk's computers

A paedophile who filmed himself abusing young girls in the Philippines has been jailed for 19-and-a-half years. Trevor Monk, 47, of south-east London, also paid nearly £15,000 to watch child sex abuse in Manila on his webcam. Police found more than 80,000 images and 1,750 indecent videos of children in a raid on his home […]


Scores arrested across Europe as police bust online pedophile ring

June 23, 2017 ·  By


The probe, which began in 2015, led to arrests in 26 of 28 European Union countries, and in Norway and Switzerland. The network operated in the “dark web” and hid behind a sophisticated encryption system. Some 75 people across Europe have been arrested for allegedly sharing images of children online, according to Europe’s policing agency. […]


Police arrest 870 suspected paedophiles and rescue hundreds of children after smashing international internet ring

June 22, 2017 ·  By Narjas Zatat for

Picture: Man typing and looking at a computer monitor/ Getty Images/iStockphoto

A global child sexual exploitation ring has been taken down by the FBI and Europol, leading to the arrest of hundreds of suspected paedophiles. Florida man Steven W Chase, 58, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for creating what is believed to have been “the world’s largest child pornography website” with more than 150,000 […]

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