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13/12/2005

Witchcraft and the Children

Recently released figures show that the Metropolitan Police have dealt with twelve cases of 'faith-based religious abuse' involving nineteen child victims between May and October this year. These cases involve African churches based in various London boroughs where young children are assaulted and abused. The children are believed to be witches or possessed by spirits for example. It is suspected that these figures do not accurately reflect the extent of the problem.

This story follows previous reports that several hundred African children are 'missing' in London. At the time, these figures were disputed by high profile black campaigners such as Lee Jasper. Read the full story here.

Following the initial press release, which seemed to have been an unauthorised leak, the Met police were alleged to be following a racist agenda. As a serving Met officer, it comes as no great shock to be accused of being racist. This is what makes this story interesting however. The Metropolitan Police Service, in the wake of the Macphearson Report, are extremely sensitive to accusations of racism. It is therefore surprising for them to have risked such allegations being made by releasing the above figures to the press, whether officially or via a leak.

I suggest that for this to have happened, a major problem has been identified. As in politics, many leaks are merely facts being released without official sanction due to the perceived sensitivity of the data. I believe that such findings are indeed the tip of the iceberg. The abused children are in no position to report their assaults and mental torture to police. Many have been brought into the country unlawfully, and often for just this purpose. They are kept within a hidden community of religious fanatics who apparently believe in witchcraft. This ritual abuse is sanctioned and hidden by many people. This includes those who are aware of what is going on, but chose not to report the situation to the authorities.

This situation should become a priority for all police forces. Although an extremely difficult and complex area, police resources must be channeled into addressing this issue. Political correctness and pressure from interest groups must not deflect from the investigation of child abuse in the name of religion.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do the comments made by Lee Jasper reflect his priorities....putting racism before child abuse? Perhaps another example PC snowblindness.