Monday, January 4, 2010

Former Child Migrants Sue Catholic Orders for Child Trafficking and Abuse

"Generation of Children Sue Religious Orders for Child Trafficking & Abuse"
By TIM HULL

"Members of two Catholic religious orders trafficked in children for decades, taking poor kids from their parents in Britain and Malta and promising to educate them in Australia, then putting them to a life of forced labor and physical and sexual abuse, according to a federal class action in Manhattan. Three former 'child migrants' say the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Order of the Sisters of Mercy took subsidies from the British, Australian and Maltese governments for the children's upkeep and education, but kept the money for themselves and gave the children nothing save hardship and pain, forcing them to beg for scraps of food and root around in pig troughs for sustenance.

The children say the religious orders took them from their homes under false pretenses and forced them into a horrific life of unending work, ignorance, violence and rape...

Australian officials estimate that as many as 10,000 "child migrants," some as young as 3 years old, emigrated from Britain to Australia between 1947 and 1967, many without the consent of their poor and absent parents. More than 300 children were taken from the British colony of Malta and forced to become 'working boys,' according to the complaint."

Read the full article: http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/01/04/23309.htm

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