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50 children saved after police bust paedophile website: Interpol

Lyon - International police group Interpol said Thursday that nine people had been arrested in Thailand, Australia and the US and 50 children had been rescued after investigators took down an online paedophilia ring.

Pope calls bishops to 'child protection' meeting in February

Vatican City - Pope Francis will host a meeting in February of senior bishops from around the globe to discuss "the protection of minors", the Vatican announced on Wednesday.

Pakistan child killer handed four death sentences

Lahore - A Pakistani court Saturday handed four death sentences to a man charged with raping and murdering a six-year-old girl, in a case that shocked the country and sparked major riots in his home district.

Anger swells in Pakistan as suspect in child killer case remanded

Islamabad - Angry Pakistanis called Wednesday for the public execution of a suspect accused of raping and murdering a girl in a case that enraged the country and stoked fears a serial killer was preying on children.

Pakistan police arrest key suspect in child murder case

Islamabad - Pakistani police Tuesday arrested the key suspect accused of raping and murdering a young girl in a case that enraged the country and stoked fears a serial killer was preying on children in the city of Kasur.

French cardinal to stand trial for alleged paedophilia cover-up

Lyon - French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin and a senior Vatican official were on Tuesday ordered to stand trial for allegedly covering up for a paedophile priest accused of abusing several boy scouts in Lyon in the 1980s.

Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

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.

Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

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.

Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

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.

'Bacha bazi': the Afghan practice of child sex slavery

Kabul - Afghanistan is set to criminalise the practice of "bacha bazi" -- the sexual exploitation of boys -- with a slew of stringent punishments laid out for the first time in a revised penal code.

Kabul to set penalties for subculture of boy sex slaves

Kabul - Afghanistan is set to lay out stringent penalties for "bacha bazi" -– sexual slavery and abuse of boys –- for the first time, officials say, in a landmark move against the deeply entrenched practice.

Afghan 'bacha bazi' kidnappings: search for the victims

Iran - A glassy-eyed Afghan teenager sits mutely beside his father, hunched over a tray of tea and candy, unable to tell the painful story of how he was kidnapped by a policeman to be used as his sex slave.

Hopeless Afghan struggle to save boy sex slaves

Iran - Quivering with quiet rage, Shirin holds a photo of his teenage brother-in-law, who now lives as the plaything of policemen, just one victim of a hidden epidemic of kidnappings of young boys for institutionalised sexual slavery in Afghanistan.

Lawmakers urge US crackdown on Afghan child sex slavery

Washington - US lawmakers are pressing Washington to get tough on institutionalized sexual slavery of boys by Afghan forces, with some invoking a human rights law that prohibits American aid to foreign military units committing such violations.

France's Lyon diocese sacks four priests for sex abuse

Lyon - Four priests of the Catholic diocese of Lyon in eastern France have been relieved of their duties for sexual abuse, a diocesan source said Thursday.

Kabul to investigate child sex slavery fuelling insider attacks

Kabul - Afghanistan's president has ordered a "thorough investigation" into institutionalised sexual abuse of children by police, after AFP revealed the Taliban are using child sex slaves to launch deadly insider attacks.

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are accused of using child sex slaves to attack police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the cultural practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- for military gain.

Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kowt - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of ...

Pope rules out early resignation for French cardinal in paedophilia storm

Paris - Pope Francis has ruled out seeking the fast-track resignation of a French cardinal accused of failing to inform the authorities about an alleged paedophile priest, the French newspaper La Croix reported on Tuesday.

Pope offers pardon to scandal-tainted Legion of Christ

Vatican City - Pope Francis has granted a "plenary indulgence", or religious pardon, to the ultra-conservative Legion of Christ movement, mired in a paedophile scandal, provided its members perform acts of penance, Vatican Radio said Thursday.

Belgian bishop told to pay damages to victim of paedophile priest

Brussels - A Belgian court on Thursday ordered the Archbishop of Brussels to pay 10,000 euros in damages to a former choir boy subjected to sexual abuse by a priest.

Anonymous 'OpDeathEaters' to combat child sex abusers online

High-profile hacktivist group Anonymous have announced that they are planning an action day to expose child abusers and those who cover them, freely publishing the information to inform the public of the scope of abuse.

Paedophiles in the news — Italy and Ipswich

Rome - There have been some odd child abuse cases in the news of late, but none quite so odd as the decision made by an Italian appellate court.

Paedophile Ian Watkins gets 35 years

Cardiff - Former rock star and convicted paedophile Ian Watkins was today given a 35-year sentence at Cardiff Crown Court. Investigations are ongoing.

Op-Ed: Should the age of consent be lowered?

The age of consent for sexual relations is 16 in the UK; there are those who seek to lower it. Who are they, and what would be the result?

Op-Ed: Who was Alfred Kinsey?

Bloomington - Dr Alfred Kinsey died 57 years ago today. He was once widely regarded as a sexual iconoclast. Increasingly, others are taking a different view.

Op-Ed: Joe Orton — Paedophile playwright

London - Joe Orton died 46 years ago today. He was known as one of Britain's most promising playwrights, but he had a dark, depraved and sinister side.

Op-Ed: How trustworthy is ‘Wikipedia’?

‘Wikipedia’ is one of the most popular and indeed one of the most trusted sites on the Internet, but just how trustworthy is it, in particular, how much information does it exclude?

Op-Ed: A straight look at the Jimmy Savile Inquiry

Now that the report into the alleged crimes of Jimmy Savile has been published, it is time to make an assessment. As one insightful correspondent has pointed out, this is a nearly impossible task.
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