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Eight-year-old child held in police cell overnight, new figures reveal

January 30, 2016 ·  By Alexandra Sims for


An eight-year-old was among tens of thousands of children held overnight in police cells last year, new figures have revealed. 22,795 under-18-year-old were held in police cells in 2014-2015, including one child who was held for 15 days, according to data obtained by the BBC through a Freedom of Information request. Gloucestershire Police revealed they […]


Killer stepfather of schoolboy Daniel Pelka found dead in prison

January 29, 2016 ·  By Helen Pidd North of England editor for

Daniel Pelka was beaten to death by his mother and stepfather. Photograph: PA

Mariusz Krezolek’s death comes six months after four-year-old’s mother killed herself in jail cell The killer stepfather of schoolboy Daniel Pelka has been found dead in prison six months after his partner and Daniel’s mother, Magdelena Luczak, killed herself in her jail cell. Mariusz Krezolek, who was being held at Full Sutton prison in east […]


Papal envoy calls for ‘third world war’ on poverty

January 29, 2016 ·  By Joe Torres, Cebu City, Philippines for

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, of Myanmar, papal legate to the IEC 2016, delvers the homily at the openiing mass of the IEC 2016 at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City, Jan. 24, 2016.

Global hunger is genocide, Cardinal Bo tells eucharistic congress in the Philippines Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, Pope Francis’ personal representative to the International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines, has called on Christians to commit to justice and to devote time to help the poor. “[The] Eucharist calls for a third world war,” the […]


UN: Lack of accountability drives sex abuse in CAR

January 29, 2016 ·  By HUMANITARIAN CRISES for

UN operations have been marred by consistent accusations of sex abuse and exploitation by foreign troops [AP]

UN human rights chief says culture of impunity allows sex abuse to continue as six shocking allegations come to light. The lack of accountability and corrective action by member states on United Nations troops who commit sexual violence in conflict zones has created a culture of impunity, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has […]


Philippines abuse: Paedophile Trevor Monk jailed.

January 28, 2016 · 


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 […]


The world of Nigeria’s sex-trafficking ‘Air Lords’

January 27, 2016 ·  By Magazine for

Last year, the BBC’s Sam Piranty was given access by the Catalan police, Mossos D’Esquadra, to an investigation into a Nigerian sex-trafficking gang. He spoke to traffickers and women rescued from sexual slavery before filming an early morning raid in November, which led to 23 arrests. He also discovered that the gang is now using […]


The Indian girls who survived being raped

January 27, 2016 ·  By India for


Photographer Smita Sharma has been chronicling the lives of rape victims in India for years. Helped by local health workers and non-governmental organisations, Ms Sharma has travelled the length and breadth of the country to meet survivors of rape and record their stories. The subjects of the photographs, many of them children, have not been […]


Paedophile killer Sarah Sands’ sentence extended

January 27, 2016 ·  By London for

A woman who stabbed a paedophile to death in east London has had her three-and-a-half-year jail sentence more than doubled. Sarah Sands, 32, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Michael Pleasted, 77, after learning he had been charged with sexually assaulting young boys. He was stabbed eight times and bled to death, the trial […]


Pope Francis: a not-so-clear, but very present danger

January 22, 2016 ·  By


Those who carry out vicious acts of terror in the name of the so-called Islamic State (which, despite its twisted claims, has nothing to do with God or religion) have become a major threat to our world. Every terrorist attack they, and those whom they inspire, inflict on unsuspecting citizens serves to further disrupt our […]


DoD: Training, Awareness Critical in Human Trafficking Fight

January 20, 2016 ·  By


WASHINGTON, January 15, 2016 — The signs of human trafficking could be all around Defense Department personnel: A subcontractor withholds passports and delays payment to its employees, or a company forces potential workers to pay a large fee to obtain a contract job on a DoD installation. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention […]

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