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UN warns Britain over child voodoo rituals and sex tourists

Published on Jun 20, 2014 10:07 AM
 
A voodoo ceremony is performed on June 5, 2014. Hundreds of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and brought to Britain for brutal voodoo rituals, a United Nations watchdog said, urging London to do more to combat the scourge. -- PHOTO: AFP 

GENEVA (AFP) - Hundreds of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and brought to Britain for brutal voodoo rituals, a United Nations watchdog said, urging London to do more to combat the scourge.

"We're concerned about reports that hundreds of children have been abducted from their families in Africa and trafficked to the UK, especially London, for religious rituals," said Ms Kristen Sandberg, head of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

"They are used in so-called voodoo rituals, and are also raped and sexually abused. The number of convictions is extremely low," the former Norwegian supreme court judge said on Thursday.

British police are reported to have recorded scores of cases over the past decade of children who have faced torture and abuse as part of witchcraft rituals. The case of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie - born in Ivory Coast - brought the issue into the public eye in 2000 when she was killed by relatives who said she was a witch. They were jailed for life.

 
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