Category Archives: Child protection

Hey! Algorithms, leave them kids alone: Chips with Everything podcast

This week, Jordan Erica Webber looks into reports that YouTube Kids might create an algorithm-free platform to prevent children viewing inappropriate content by clicking on seemingly benign video suggestions

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These days, we hear a lot about algorithms. The word tends to crop up when some or other tech company is forced to apologise for whatever new scandal has thrown them into the spotlight. Whether the issue is big data and profiling, or search results and suggested content, it is the algorithm that gets the blame.

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Australian man who raped Indian orphans released immediately after conviction

Paul Henry Dean guilty of ‘unnatural sex’ with young boys and men at orphanage

An Australian man who posed as a doctor and priest to rape children at the Indian orphanages where he volunteered has been released immediately after being convicted.

Paul Henry Dean, 75, was found guilty last month of “unnatural sex” with young boys and men at an orphanage for children with visual, speech and hearing impairments.

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Exorcists are back – and people are getting hurt | Deborah Hyde

The rise of exorcism in Catholic and evangelical churches is like a new Inquisition. But there are ways to stop the witch-hunt

Exorcism is intrinsic to Christianity. From driving possessed swine into a lake to expelling a spirit from a boy who foamed at the mouth, Jesus could reasonably be considered a therapeutic exorcist. So it’s hard to tell some churches to get real and rational – although, regrettably, that message is as relevant as ever.

To claim that so many Italians have been contaminated by Satan, like some paranormal STD, is a significant aspersion

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Facebook asks users: should we allow men to ask children for sexual images?

Social network admits survey asking whether it should permit adults to ask 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures was a mistake

Facebook has admitted it was a “mistake” to ask users whether paedophiles requesting sexual pictures from children should be allowed on its website.

On Sunday, the social network ran a survey for some users asking how they thought the company should handle grooming behaviour. “There are a wide range of topics and behaviours that appear on Facebook,” one question began. “In thinking about an ideal world where you could set Facebook’s policies, how would you handle the following: a private message in which an adult man asks a 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures.”

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Trafficked, beaten, enslaved: the life of a Vietnamese cannabis farmer

At 10, ‘Stephen’ was taken from Hanoi to London and then spent four years tending plants for a brutal drug gang. Now awaiting news of an appeal against deportation, he recalls his horrific experience – and his lucky escape

Anyone who thinks the business of cannabis cultivation in the UK is a friendly, hippyish occupation, imbued with wholesome organic principles, needs to reflect on the experience of Stephen, a vulnerable Vietnamese orphan who was 10 when he was trafficked to the UK to work as an enslaved cannabis farmer.

Stephen arrived in Britain in the back of a freezer lorry, after a long journey on foot and in trucks from Hanoi, where he had been destitute and homeless. In Britain, he was locked up alone in a series of terraced houses that had been converted into cannabis farms, and forced over the course of four years to work as a cannabis gardener by the Vietnamese gang that had smuggled him here.

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Why Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is my style – and everything – icon

Her fine pompadour hairdo is one thing, but the way the Michigan judge has presided over the abuse scandal enveloping US gymnastics is quite another

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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County. What? Were you expecting some hot, new – picks up old-lady spectacles and looks up – “exciting youth trend” YouTube star, and not a grandmother of two from Michigan? Well, buckle up buttercups, because this is 2018 and we are way past the point of messing around with nonsense. Which is why I am celebrating Judge Aquilina, currently presiding over the sentencing of Larry Nassar, the former US gymnastics team doctor, accused of sexually abusing more than 140 girls and women, including Olympians Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. And yet, this story has gotten astonishingly little coverage outside of the US, especially compared to the Jerry Sandusky scandal of 2011 (in which Sandusky, the assistant football coach at Penn State University, was convicted of sexually abusing young boys). I get that more people are interested in men’s football than gymnastics, but can someone let us know how many female victims you need to make up one male football player so we know what to aim for next time one of these stories comes up? Thanks.

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'They ensure each twin baby dies': the secret killings in central Nigeria | Orji Sunday

A shelter in Abuja is devoted to rescuing twins from death within remote communities convinced of their evil powers

The room is filled with the cries of 30 or more babies. Steven Olusola visits each cradle, peering into their eyes in search of illness.

“They fall sick often because they never received any breastfeeding,” says Olusola, who founded Vine Heritage Home Foundation with his wife, Chinwe, 13 years ago. This is a sanctuary, for children rescued from one of the most remote areas of Nigeria, where being born a twin can be a death sentence.

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Estimated 20,000 British men interested in sexually abusing children

Police chief Simon Bailey says even thousands more detectives would not be enough to bring every offender to justice

The police chief in charge of child protection says tens of thousands of British men have shown an interest in sexually abusing children.

Simon Bailey said investigators monitoring a single online chatroom in 2017 identified 4,000 men using it from the UK alone.

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