Abuse inquiry starts with Australia claims
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Child sex abuse inquiry starts with Australia child migrant claims

Vulnerable British children shipped overseas in a long-running migration programme were exposed to "unacceptable depravity" including torture, sexual abuse and slavery, an inquiry has heard.

Thousands of British children were sent to Australia and other parts of the British Empire up to 1974.

Former child migrant David Hill, who was sent to Fairbridge Farm School in Western Australia, told the hearing: "We will never be able to undo the great wrong done to these children but what is important to survivors of sexual abuse is, where this inquiry is satisfied with the evidence, to name the villains."

A lawyer speaking on behalf of the UK government expressed "deep regret".

  • 27 Feb 2017
  • From the section UK