FCO cover-up of child sexual abuse in BOT

| 17/07/2014

(CNS): A child protection charity found shocking evidence of child sexual abuse, domestic violence and sexual exploitation on the British overseas territory of St Helena, a South Atlantic island with a population of 3,800. The police, which includes many English officers, was also criticized for failing to tackle sexual offenders. Residents told the Daily Mail, which has exposed the cover-up, that the island was "worse than Pitcairn" – another remote BOT where sexual offenses were found to be commonplace. However, the 83-page report on St Helena by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which uncovered a "cultural acceptance of the sexualisation of children", was never publicised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

To boost the economy the UK government has invested £250 million into building an airport on the island, which opens in 2016. But residents told the UK daily newspaper that the island would become a "paedophile’s paradise" when the airport opened, as predators took advantage of a "perfect storm" of extreme poverty, a cultural acceptance of sex abuse and "lax policing".

Read the full article and more here on the Daily Mail.

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  1. Dreadlock Holmes says:

    How did we get so far from a serious issue, which should be discussed, to a spelling bee? Geezus people.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Maybe the Governor's concerns about the way in which the press, or CNS at least, would portray allegations in the Tempura report, were it to be made public, have some basis in fact.

    The real issue here, the main concern to be addressed, is the " cultural acceptance of the sexualisation of children" and not the way that the FCO dealt with the report. Any reader accessing the Daily Mail articles will note that the FCO does not feature in their headlines at all. To make the FCO the focus is to miss the point – or maybe simply to deliberately change the point – which brings me back to my opening sentence. 

    That CNS has intentionally misdirected readers is obvious from the comments. How many comments castigate the population of St. Helena for their abhorrent behaviour? I can't find one as I type this, they are almost all fixated on the FCO/UK, as the headline intended. 

    I don't see much sign of self-regulation in this short article –  just a news outlet intent on stoking pre-existing tensions so gratefully ceased upon by the usual suspects. 

    Kudos CNS.

    CNS: And this response is a typical example of why talk of regulating the press is so dangerous.  The fact is that the findings of the report were buried by the FCO and, while the details in the report were horrifying, the fact that the FCO could and did bury a report of this significance is of particular relevance to Cayman and other BOTs. What you are talking about is controlling how the press presents the news and what we should write about (i.e. to your approval), which is not regulating the press, it is tyranny.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nothing new when it comes to the British! After all they are the original pirates!

    • Anonymous says:

      Privateers actually.

      • Anonymousand says:

        Oh how Posh!
        How about blaggards, slavers, cutthroats, shanghighers+scurvy mates (before tropical Limes were discovered as the cury for scurvy, anyways).

        • Anonymous says:

          Oh, and the rest of the world was so goody goody. What about the Spanish conquests in South America and the wholesale massacre of indigenous tribes for their gold. Or the Portuguese and the vast numbers of slaves shipped to Brazil, far out numbering slaves sent to other European colonies. Or, the white settlers in the US and their attempted genocide of the native tribes?

          Better still, how about the disgusting treatment of foreign labour here on Cayman in the year 2014. The low wages, sub standard accommodation and hostility thrown at them by the very people who won't pick up their own shit, but don't want to pay others to do it for them?

           

          • Anonymous says:

            Any foiregn labourer who feels that he/she is receiving disgusting treatment – that the wages are too low, accommodations are too poor etc. – should obviously leave. They are not enslaved. What is the point in living in a foreign country where conditions are so terrible? I wouldn't.   

  4. Anonymous says:

    Actually dimwit, the word is spelt Paedophiles!

    And looking around Cayman one cannot fail to be impressed with how such a small gene pool has managed for so long. But it hasn't has it, and whilst you will spew your normal bile at the UK, Cayman is not without it's own problems. Inter-relationships on this island, and certainly on the Brac are mind numbingly complex, inter breeding is almost certainly prevalent, even if it is unknown by the participants.

    As for child abuse, gang bangers, junkies and drunks are someone's children, don't try to blame the UK for your own lack of education or parental backbone. I'm almost certain that many of the drop outs that frequent local bars and hang out on public beaches aren't the product of stable, loving, two parent families. Many have deep psychological problems that eminate from somewhere, but child abuse, domestic violence and an unstable upbringing must be high on the list of mitigating factors.

    Unfortunately, paedophilia is not confined to certain societies or organisations, it is in all walks of life and very definitely entrenched in the church. So before you throw more stones, take a look around you and wonder how your society has grown and relationships have formed. The UK is at least trying to get to the bottom of what has happened, as painful and as repugnant as it maybe. They are not hiding behind self righteous indignation and falsehoods to protect their skeletons.

    When will youstart to uncover yours?

    • Anonymous says:

      Who are you responding to? Or was this rant part of an internal dialogue?

      • Whodatis says:

        He'll be alright.

        Whodatis tends to have that effect on people.

        🙂

        • Anonymous says:

          Spelling expert,

          There is no such word as 'alright', not even in American spelling.  You should have written, "all right".

    • Anonymousand says:

      Misplaced your penicillin bloke?

    • Dread on Dread says:

      Dimwit ya dady ain't ya dady ask ya mommy if she knows.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is why the UK needs to get rid of the OT concept and incorporate the OT's into the UK formally like the French do or force them to go independent if the OTs do not like it.  They can get a seat or two in parliament between them.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh please, that is the best you could come up with.  I agree there are far too many of those old "nasty demented scumbags" out there but you probably could find more in one county in England than in all the OTs put together. If you do not have anything more intelligent to say please do not bother.

    • Anonymous says:

      How did that follow from this story?

      No incorporation in the UK, thank you, and we'll take our time on the way to independence. 

  6. Rigged says:

    The FCO and COVER-UP?  Thats nothing new!

  7. Whodatis says:

    Sounds like an untapped source of many suitable British government officials and OBE's.

    The UK has to come to terms with the fact that not only does it have a serious issue in regards to pedophilia, but the extent to which its police, government officials and agencies go to cover up these scandals is despicable.

    • Anonymous says:

      At least they can spell "paedophilia".

      • Whodatis says:

        Ummm … upon wider inspection, I think you will find that "pedophilia" is not an incorrect spelling of the word.

        You mypopic ignoramus.

        • Anonymous says:

          You are right.  It is not incorrect in the US but in British (correct) English it is, and what do Americans know with their recognized, organized colors; their defense systems against neighbors and their inability to distinguish between practise and practice when considering the labor needed in designing harbors?  About as much as they do about math!

           

        • Anonymous says:

          That is what a red-brick education does for you.

          • Whodatis says:

            Or what removing one's head from his narcissistic British ass does for you.

            There is a big wide world out here. Certain nationalities would be much more tolerable if they finally woke up to the fact that we are in the 21st century – no longer the 19th.

            At the very least, if they insist on holding their stance, they should do the rest of us a favour (happy?) and restrict their presence, views and opinions to their own national issues.

            Best regards,

            Whodatis

            • Anonymous says:

              It's you who lives in the 19th century, get over it and move on you retarded, backwards looking goon.

        • Anonymous says:

          It is in English, and that's the language that counts on Cayman.

          Numpty!!

    • Anonymous says:

      At least something is now being done about it in the UK. How much longer before the issue gets dealt with the same way here…..?

    • Lizzy II says:

      Chagos!

        • Anonymous says:

          I like the documentary film.

          • Anonymous says:

            I like the approach of the British Government.  It is history.  They were compensated.

            • Anonymous says:

              Thats not true

            • Anonymous says:

              Compensated? You must be joking! They were given peices of paper to sign and had to idea what they were signing and it was for a paltry sum of less than $6,000 per person. How do you measure the damages suffered by a people who were wrongfully dispossessed from their homeland and made to resort to prostitution to survive? Do you know many Chagossians committed suicide as a result of this atrocity?

              It is not history but an ongoing atrocity for the Chagossians.

               

               

        • Anonymous2 says:

          Its CALLED colonialism. And it will rise its ugly head again and again. To the FCO has white powers behind it and their interest comes first over mere islanders. We are considered second-class citizens to them; or if we are colored by the sun, worse.. we are considered "dogs". That is what they termed the Chagos islanders as … dogs … forcing them off their island for a U.S. military base

      • Anonymous says:

        Chagos Bingo.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well guess what? In Cayman this has been covered up for decades. Children should be protected by ALL, in the community, and in the entire country. ALL children deserve a fair chance. But when they are born into indecent environments where they are neglected and abused they never get a fair chance do they?

      I was an ADULT when a family member (distant relative) tried to molest me! Imagine if I had been a child? How would that have affected my entire life?

      We have some very sick individuals on this island. Not only do we not have the proper facility for the mentally ill but we have a very skewed view of what "mentally ill" actually means.

       

       

      • Whodatis says:

        Many of us were subject to sexual molestation as children – such things occur in every society.

        However, we cannot compare what has transpired (and probably still does) in British society to what goes on in Cayman – I am sorry but you are dead wrong on that one.

        If you disagree with that point then you are simply unaware of the reality. I will not drudge up the dirty, disgusting details and articles – do the research for yourself.