Welcome at the "THE PEDO FILE(s) CAMBODIA" Website
"The Pedo File Cambodia" was created by concerned Expats and western Visitors in Cambodia and around the World,that see the current "polarisation and alienating campaign" of APLE (www.aplecambodia.org and aplefrance.fr), a nongovernment organisation in the SEX OFFENDER BUSINESS, that label every white male as a "potential Pedophile", with great concern.
In 2013 we are now over the first decade of NGO Harassment in Cambodia. Read more:A decade of NGO Harassment in Cambodia
What you are about to read is a summary of original Documents, personal observations and a number of Links that confirm what we have gathered here to expose the controversial activities of APLE.
You will also find many pictures and media snippets APLE's secret Spy network and a picture gallery (this part takes some time to open as there are 100s of pictures) aswell as Video Clips that APLE/Globalhumanitaria uploaded on Youtube aswell as other Video Clips that have been uploaded to Youtube by 3.partiesMovies - APLE's reality TV Show .
Many Pictures document who are the Players, the Profiteers and the Victims in this World of Lies, Predators and Greed. The welfare of the Children in Cambodia comes last, they are simply used for fundraising purposes.mlop-tapang-truck-1.jpg Those kids that end up in NGO Shelters are usually alienated from their peers outside their locked up Shelters. hagar-shelter-no-escape-for-kids.jpg
Voices of those convicted and jailed in Cambodia.
We decided to give those a word that have became a Vicitim of APLE's controversial action in Cambodia to enable our readers to hear what the other side has to say. Click here to read:Hear my Story - Victims of a Witchhunt There is a clear pattern of deceit and corruption in all cases.
Most of this Information never makes it into the mainstream press !
What and who made Cambodia a Country of Gang Stalking ?
At the Center of GANGSTALKING in Cambodia stands one Man, french National
Thierry Darnaudet Thierry Darnaudet
the CEO and Founder of APLE - Action pour les Enfants.
He is the Inventor of Gangstalking Program: PROTECT !! PROTECT Program using techniques illegal in any civilized country ! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
More to the Background:
APLE (Action pour les Enfants) Founder and President Thierry Darnaudet has gone Underground. The last interview did not appear on APLE's website but on globalhumanitaria's http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzdX2xegjpE
With APLE's help Cambodia , a Nation where more than 50% of it's people is under 18 years of age, has become a country of:
GangstalkingTargeted Individual ,
Entrapment for fincancial gain
Polarisation Polarisation in Cambodia
Alienation Alienation - NGO's favourite tool
In fact there are all ingrediences for a 21. Century Witchhunt against western male in Cambodia. Many NGO's and Government Agencies are complicit in this Witchhunt. See the latest news of APLE's developement in Cambodia:APLE Developement in 2012
see:APLE's Cambodian Spy Staff in Action here:APLE's Cambodian Staff (Spies) wccollege.jpg All these pictures are taken from APLE's Documentaries which where distributed throughout the western media, worldwide and shown mostly in 2011, thus exposing it's own "now not so undercover spies" and their questionable methods. None of APLE's actions would be considered legal in any western country, but who cares if it happens in Cambodia ? More than 20 NGO in the Child Protection Sector direktly support APLE financially: read more >
To the facts:
White foreigners are used as "the ultimate Scapegoat" for Child Abuse in Cambodia, destroying life, trust and harmony in the Society.
Critics are usually silenced by the NGO's by claiming that they are "Pedophile Sympathizers" or worse become targeted and threatened. In 2011 Gay and Lesbian foreign Tourists also became a commodity, not only for APLE but also for the Cambodian Government, see:Gay and Lesbian issues The Link to this story on the Phnom Penh Post Newspaper has since been removed. It was clear to many from the beginning that the welcome gay initiative was just a badly camouflaged attempt to a new entrapment market: the Gay and Lesbians.
The same NGO's are also targeting and harming Cambodian and Asian Sex Workers, see more:
Paula Stromberg 's Video Clips are here:
(If you are unable to view these youtube clips with your browser or at your country (ie.Cambodia) we recommend you use Firefox and use the Add On that unblocks you from viewing the clip. This counts also for the clips under the Section:Movies - APLE's reality TV Show
A blog entry of rhrealtiycheck.com already found in 2008 that the UN Sec.General found that it's antitrafficking etc. law had backfired. read:
Thai Sexworker have created a Union and a website with a sewing machine in a stop sign because they too suffer under the NGO's.
They don't want to be exploited in 60$/Month jobs in Garment Factories like their Cambodian Counterparts
People in the sexworker business simply don't want to be VICTIMIZED which in NGOspeak means : rescued !
In 2013 the UN admits that the New Law that they pushed so hard for has had a very negative effect: New Law marginalizes sex worker
That all does not concern NGO's like the recent Report from the Philippines shows: the-crusade-against-sex-trafficking_gender.jpg Here IJM (International Justice Mission of US lawyer Gary Haugen) has been made responsable for the indiscriminate destruction of Life's of those that worked at the Los Angeles Cafe in Manila, Philippines.american-hypocrisy---inquisition-21st-century_.jpg \
A Statement from your Webmaster:
The reality on the ground is, that it is hard to find a person that does not condemn any form of Child Abuse and wants to have those proven guilty of child abuse punished with the toughest measures, the law provides. Nobody needs a Witchhunt like excerzised by Thierry Darnaudet's Action pour les Enfants.
More than 99% of the Problem of Child Abuse in Cambodia is domestic, but that part does not concern APLE or their associates ! western-pedophiles-aple-target.jpg
Many are unaware what is actually legaly considered "child abuse" in Cambodia. see:Cambodia's Law - Age of consent Embracing a Kid for example !
With the UN and NGO initiated change of age of consent in Cambodia from 15 to 18 many of APLE's "Paedophiles" are actually rather oportunistic Sex Tourists buying underaged Prostitutes for Sex.When a 17yr old Prostitute makes you a Pedophile
A 17 Year old is now considered a child since the law was changed in 2008, raising the Age of consent from 15 to 18. Cambodian Child abusers are never called Pedophile in the intl. Press, therefore all Pedophiles are foreigners ! Logic ain't it ?
These underaged Prostitutes often don't even have any ID or claim they are 19, often don't know their real age and have willingly consented to sex for money. Yes, I know it's still against the law, but "IS THIS PAEDOPHELIA ?" I guess not.
It's simply wrong to put people in the same bag as a Rapist of a 8 year old Kid. What's worse is the fact that often deliberate ENTRAPMENT is part of the whole case and underaged are used as a bait. Most entrapments are excercised on people, totally unaware that their Curiosity can actually ruin and even kill them.
(Remember: Curiosity killed the Cat !)
The issue is not isolated to Cambodia, as the following Story from Britain shows, the "evil childabusers / witches"are everywhere, they now pursue even the dead (Jimmy Savile) and dig out cases from 30-40 years ago when there was a climate of SEX,DRUGS and ROCK AND ROLL :Jimmy Savile We are now writing the Year 2012 (November) !! The British Tabloits analyzed that there is a child sex abuse in Britain every 20 Minutes.23097-childsex-offences-in-britain---one-every.jpg
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It's time to fight back !!!!!
We decided to blow the whistle to expose and stop this destructive Action,because those that should, don't.
So what is it all about then, and why are these foreign aid workers not busy solving the problems in their home country ? Is there no sexual child abuse ? Of course there is, and many kids there get killed after beeing abused ! These western aid people are here to have the time of their life. Helping the needy makes you feel good, so why not doing this at home in Europe,USA,Australia etc. ?
The answer is: Adventure,Money, more Money and of course the lack of qualification, state control and unawareness in Donor Countries !
(In 2011 APLE reported nearly 5 Million USD in Donations !!) That is a lot of money for such a shady character as Thierry Darnaudet and his friend Andre's Torres (he raised 10 mio Dollars) which tried to run the same scam in many other 3 world tourist destinations. Since their PROTECT anti-pedophile campaign got no chance there
they resorted back to health and education issues instead. No other country in the world would allow a foreign undercover agency to illegaly gangstalk on their soil and take some semi-police action.
Yes, this is a very profitable NGO business run by collecting Donor funds from abroadaplecambodia.org-donors.jpg by presenting the media audience with a constant flow of horrible attrocities in Cambodia.
Furthermore you would not be allowed to run an Orphanage or "Home for Streetchildren" without any Qualification or experience in any western country. (But Thierry Darnaudet of APLEthierry-darnaudet.jpg
, Sebastien Marot of "Friends"
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of Mlop Tapang (estimated to have made about 10 Million USD in Donations in 2011)
can, only in Cambodia, and India and ......!) see how it usually starts, an example form India, where Thierry Darnaudet once started>
Donations are raised mainly by reporting Horror Szenarios from 3.world countries like Cambodia. Some is true and some is fiction which lead to the resignation of many disillusioned aid workers, among them
former APLE Country Director Katherine Keane and Hang Vibol
Reports of former APLE Country Director (Katherine Kaene) resigning because she was forced to put outright lies into her reports, have appeared. She said that
she could not tolerate these outright lies with her conscious.
It's unknown how her predecessors
Beatrice Magnier and Hang Vibol who now runs "Our Home Cambodia"
felt or how the current Cambodian Country Director Samleang Seila samleang-seila.jpg
sees himself. He does'nt seem to have any reservations about his job. Hell, it guarantees him a hefty income,high ranking connections and the usual status symbol, a Range Rover SUV, top line. No moral issues here ! He is simply untouchable, just like his Boss Thierry Darnaudet.
Some Donors must have gotten the message and stopped donating to APLE, since their questionable actions and methods have only now come to light to them. see following plea, which was also available on APLE Cambodia's Website
aple-plea-for-47k-.jpg They even have the guts to ask if you have any ideas how to raise funds in your company etc. It sounds like Bernie Madoff's Ponzi Scheme. No reason to worry here, they got their funds and more already covered after a few heartbreaking meetings. read more:Extra funding from other NGO for APLE in 2013
Thierry Darnaudet does not have a conscious, not about himself and no one else. In fact he is one of the most destructive individuals on this planet, exporting the worst form of gangstalking,suffering, distrust, destruction and alienation of the society in more and more countries on this planet with his PROTECT Program which is now pushed abroad by Global Humanitaria's President and Friend Andre's Torres.
All under the name of protecting children. Since fundraising in Spain seems to have to come to a complete halt, Global Humanitaria was quick to react and opened Offices in the US (Globalhumanitariacorp. www.globalhumanitariausa.org) and Italypappa-global-humanitaria-italia.jpg (www.globalhumanitariaitalia.org).
Thierry Darnaudet is a modern "Blackadder" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNz4iHtGAvs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_TYcX7pcT4
and has the role of the Witchsniffer; a moral panicker, moral crusader
and a hardcore moral lobbyist. They talk about Humanism, hope,shelter and outreach but actually deliver alienation,suffering, and even death and destruction.
Darnaudet is obsessed when it comes to children.
His activity long has gone beyond reason and would be impossible in any western country. He and his Organisation is
not accountable for any wrong doing. When people are aquitted from Aple's false and often fabricated accusations (like those against Jean Claude Fournier ) he simply claims it on the corrupt Cambodian legal system and never admits any wrong doing.
A Statement from your Webmaster on our view on Child Sex abuse:
There is nothing worse than sexually abusing a child. The Trauma lasts for a lifetime. Everyone causing harm to a child should be punished with the full force of the Law !
Children must be protected by their parents, the society and the Government but not by some foreign Backpackers that don't have any Qualification.
Also it is time to reckognise that not every childplay between a man and a child is resulting in Sexual Abuse ! Stop alienating children !
The Law has to protect innocent people, wrongfully gangstalked often for years, or accused of child abuse by APLE and to punish the Organisation once evidence for it's vicious behaviour is presented. It's hard to digest that Cambodia's legal System is exploited by NGO's which let's them run a private Gangstalking, Entrapment and Spy Organisation to work outside the Cambodian Judiciary and create Corruption Schemes used against westerners.
There is nothing worse than to be labeled as a "potential pedophile" simply because you are a white male and therefore are considered a legitimate target for NGO's like APLE. It is one of the most destructive accusations that can and has destroyed some people already forever.
Suicides by people accused is not uncommon, so is lynching by the mob.
But than who wants to complain if even the former French President Sarkozy uses this tool to keep uncomfortable Questions from Journalists at bay:
The french President had no problem getting the french Human Traffickers of "L'arche de Zoe" (Zoe's Ark), headed by Philippe van Winkerberg from Castellane in France, out of jail in Tschad where they were incarcarated for kidnapping over 103 Children from their home in Tschad and claiming that they where orphans from Darfur. They had already collected up to 6.000 Euro for each kid (all between 1 to 10 years old) from 250 french People that wanted to adopt them in order to get them out of their misery. These "NGO's" had a charter airplane waiting in order to fly these kids to France and where stopped at the last minute by the Tschad authorities. The Tschad Court sentenced them to 20 years in Jail with hard labour, which they deserved. A few weeks later the French President picked them up personally with his wife to fly them home and release them without any legal consequences. It's unclear how much that action has cost the french tax payers. It also shows how the french government is handling child abuse and human traffickers. In that enviroment People like APLE founder and president Thierry Darnaudet have absolutely nothing to fear. For the French this is just another business !
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The new french gov. sentenced 2 of the Masterminds Emilie Lelouch and Eric Breteau behind the Sudan Kidnapping of 103 Kids to 2 years in french jail. Before that they where able to enjoy a great luxurious life in their own Hotel adn run a Circus Troupe in South Africa. 2 Years for the Kidnapping of 103 Children ? zoes-arc-eric-breteau-and-emilie-lelouch-get-2.jpg And where is the money the French People paid Lárche de Zoe (up to 8000 Euro for each kid) ? This in my opinion is the best proof that one can get that Humantrafficking in France is no risky business and pays well !
If you are a white male in Cambodia you will most certainly end up in a Database on Pedophiles, run by APLE who at any time will take your picture without your permission or knowledge ! APLE Wall of Mug shots Cambodia
You don't even have to be with or near a Child, it can happen anywhere.
These Pictures end up in a central Database, APLE operates outside (but with conscent of) the legal system. see:The Picture Gallery
You therefore are likely to end up next to child abusing Perverts (Pedophiles) without any reason other to be a potential target for profit because you are white and male.
Furthermore many have beeing falsely accused and only released after paying off corrupt officials; afraid to speak and humiliated beyond words. APLE is using "Questionable and Unorthodox Methods like Gangstalking" as one of the moderators in APLE's Documentary Movies puts it. Nevertheless western media like trash TV specialist RTL,but also BBC,NTV,TV5,WAT TV are not hesitating to use this material for prime time view, while the print media publishes every Press Release of APLE without any question. Child Abuse sells well !
See the Movies section for DocumentationMovies - APLE's reality TV Show
What's next ?
Tourists are already treated like Criminals when entering Cambodia. Your Picture is taken, prints of all 10 fingers are scannedfingerprints-cambodia.jpg and used for god knows what, at Immigration.
No one seems to be concerned of any relating Health Issue here when hundreds of people per day put all 10 fingers on the uncleaned screen of the Handscanner. This could be deadly even when we don't consider the Risks of H5N1 Virus etc. that is actually killing people here in 2013 !
read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2282698/A-furtive-pick-nose-quick-text---The-terrifying-pictures-bacteria-lurking-mobile.html
The profiling madness has just reached new hights.
Will every westerner have it's DNA taken entering Cambodia,soon ?
All these steps have been forced on the Cambodian Government through western powers, mainly the US, but NGO's and their Lobbyists are a big active part of it. After 9/11 we got used to be treated like Terrorists; but Paedophiles ? Come on and give us a break !
Where will this madness lead to ?
The Child Protection NGO's in Cambodia have clearly gone too far, but seem to be unstoppable on their destructive rampage !!
It's time for the Cambodian Government to put an end to this folly which tarnishes the image of Cambodia in the worst possible way. Is the Tourist (and even the Sex Tourist) the new Terrorist ? It's also time for the western Media to stop it's "cut and paste" journalism and present a more balanced reporting and current Information on the realities on the ground. And, since we are at it, what is a Sex Offender ? Do members of the International NGO's, Cambodian Military, Police and Government aswell as foreign Embassies like the US Embassy in Phnom Penh and Bangkok qualify, or are they "exempt" from scrutiny and proscecution ?
Furthermore it's about time the Media does some "investigative Journalism" on Thierry Darnaudet, his Home for Street Children in Calcutta, India (C.R.D.S/ACTT/BSSK) and in his hometown St.Paul les Dax in Southwestern France. And how come some of his Cambodian Investigators are able to drive big SUV's ? No shortage on cash, apparently.
To the facts:
Foreign pedophilia represents only a small percentage of overall child sex offenses in Cambodia. According to Ministry of Interior even way back statistics like the 2005 statistic [roofs that there were 665 reported cases of child sex offences, resulting in 280 investigations with 397 offenders arrested.
Only less than
1 percent of these child sex offenders were
foreign nationals, the rest CAMBODIANS !!
This has declined much in the following years up to 2012.
Yet, when watching western Media reports on Cambodia one has the
that Child Abuse by western Men is rampant. And this is due to the "cut and paste" Journalism of our times where the western press is publishing everything NGO's throw at them in their Press Releases.
Some of the "news" is 7 to 10 years old !
The US Embassy issued following asessment in 2010: http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2010/142759.htm followed by the US Embassy cables (courtesy of Wikileaks):US Embassy cables Feb. 2010
Nevertheless they, the US Government Agency (ICE) seem to handle ALL APLE CASES through their (CIA) INTELLIGENCE NETWORK regardless of the Nationality of the Suspect. See:
aple---ice.jpg As other sources confirmed they also assist mobile phone tracking etc. and issue criminal history records on the demand of APLEand other private NGO's, even if they are not Sex related ! What the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement had to do with the case, mentioned in the above link remains a mystery. They just keep record of every foreigner entering Cambodia ! And when they run out of Info one of the foreign authorities listed here
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see CWCC's Asessment on APLE:
Although the majority of child-sex offenders in Cambodia are not Westerners (Oung Chanthol, executive director of the Cambodian Women's Crisis Center, estimates
less than one percent of sex crimes by foreigners) they are APLE's priority.
"Street-based child sex offenders tend to be Western men," APLE's former country director, Katherine Keane
said. "Child-sex offenders from Asian nations, especially virginity seekers, come to Cambodia, but tend to stay in establishments: private clubs, karaoke parlors. Cambodians commit abuses in their own communities. It can be a step-father or a friend of a family. We don't work just on street-based sex, but to our knowledge we are the only one whose major focus is on street-based child-sex offenders."
A number of convicted Pedophiles ran Orphanages or Child Shelters.
Instead of protecting, they abused them.see a recent example of NGO "DARPO"ngo-abuse-darpo.jpg where kids where raped.
Even Darnaudet's closest ally, the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) plays in that league:Head of ICE arrested on childporn charges
Orphanage Tourismactt-and-flo.jpg like practiced by Darnaudet in Calcutta is a method to raise cash. But often the Abusers are among the visiting Tourists or even the Operators !
APLE's President and Founder is running a Home for 80 Street Children in Calcutta, and is involved in a second one in India. (ACTT / BSSK)bssk-responsable-calcuttaindia.jpg
WHAT ABOUT HIM ??
Thierry Darnaudet has avoided public statements or appearances since 2010 !!! It seems he has vanished alltogether. Of course he is only in hiding, now that he has become aware of the consequences of his PROTECT Witchhunt Program.
Why doesn't he live in Cambodia and endure the scrutiny himself ? There are many more questions about him, still unanswered. It's also time to ask authorities in Calcutta, India why his ACTT Home for Street Children actt-india-website.jpg
appears in none of the NGO Listings there. Has it ever been registered ? Did any Child Protection NGO ever check on him ?? Is it even legal ? And does India really need more foreign funded NGO; having 3.3 Million NGO's already in their country which accounts for 1 Aid Organisation for every 400 people !!!!!
APLE Contact Details:
French national, Thierry Darnaudet from St.Paul les Dax in France
(Action Pour Les Enfants)
Education/ Culture/ Enfance et Jeunesse
Protection des enfants
Président : Darnaudet Thierry
17 rue Emile Despax, 40990 St Paul Les Dax
tél. : 0630589855 (Mme Corinne Andrieu) local representativecorinne-andrieu.jpg
Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org, Thierry Darnaudet's email adresscrds-adress.jpg
Site Internet :www.aplefrance.fr and www.aplecambodia.org
Thierry Darnaudet stays most of his time in Calcutta, India where he operates a Home for streetchildren at:
All Children Together Trust (ACTT)
75, Jodhpur Gardens. Lake Gardens.
Calcutta 700045. India
Responsable local: Samleang Seila (Cambodian Country Director of APLE)Samleang Seila, APLE, Cambodia
19E1 rue 318 Phnom Penh, aple-globalhumanitaria-hq-phnom-penh-2006-1.jpg Cambodia (DON'T BOTHER, YOU WON'T SEE ANYBODY HERE AND THE GATE IS ALWAYS LOCKED) and you will be filmed while on the road)
tél./ fax : 012/584194
Mail : email@example.com
Alternative Locations which APLE uses are:
(they do move their offices around a lot for good reason)
APLE-Phnom Penh (also used by Global Humanitaria, Darnaudet's best Friend and Sponsor)
Cambodiana Hotel -Offices-, Suite 1.
313 Sisowath Quay. Phnom Penh. Cambodia
Our Home Cambodia NGO
Mr. Hang Vibol (former APLE Country Director)
# 179 Bis, St. 31BT, Boeung Tompun, Meanchey, Phnom Penh
Tel. 067 239 404, 016 513 939
#071 CT Street, Group 12, Section 3 Sangkat 2, Khan Mittapheap Sihanoukville
Branch Office Manager? Yi ModenJi Moden APLE undercover Agent
No. 26, St. 348, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang III, 12304, Phnom Penh
CWCC Cambodian Women Crisis Center, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh
When you enter Cambodia as a white male you are automatically suspected of beeing a potential Child Abuser = Pedophile ! There is no shortage of child protection NGO's in Cambodia, where an estimated 3000 Organisations claim to help the Khmer People and particulary the Khmer Children. It's actually an Industry by itself. (the childprotection industry) When you live in Cambodia however, you know they are mostly helping themselves.
It's not surprising to see APLE team up with other Heavyweight NGO's like World Vision https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Poverty_and_NGO_in_Cambodia an evangelical Org. that according to their own slogan wants to transform the Cambodian Society, and has a controversial past in which they played a vital role for the CIA.World Vision
Another one,perhaps most influential Partner in APLE's activities is super-fundraiser
Andre's Torres, andrestorres1.jpg President of Global Humanitaria from Spain
which in 2010 had a annual budget of over 10 million USD, most of it obtained from the Spanish foreign aid State Organisation AECID.
In order to raise a lot more cash at one time he promoted to build 3 Luxury Ocean Liners, each with a pricetag of over a billion EURO and the size of an Aircraft Carrier (400 Meter long and 10 stories high).
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later this project disappeared from global humanitaria's website and is now found here:
(worldship humanitaria) where he planned to fleece rich people for his projects.
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Global Humanitaria is now also the main force behind the "PROTECT" Program, which is the core business of APLE and it's expansion to other Tourist Destinations around the World. There is money (donations) to be made. see:
With the arrival of the fincancial crisis and shrinking donations in their Homeland Spain, Global Humanitaria decided to open Branches in the US (Global Humanitaria USA Corporation) and Italy. Note the Detail> Global Humanitaria is now officialy listed as a Corporation !!
What is going on ?
In 2003 APLE's Founder and President Thierry Darnaudet, born in 1964
decided to open a child protection Organisation in Cambodia that he designed to work in what he calls a "niche Market", targeting only white male Pedophiles or People that could match this description, even when it was an innocent father of a child A Fathers experience in Sihanoukville . Why he decided to leave over 99% of the Problem
in Cambodia untouched (unless it is forced on APLE) is a mystery to many Expats in Cambodia. According to a Unicef Report and
several other Analysis on the subject more than 99% of Child Abuse in Cambodia is of domestic nature and happens in the Family, with Neighbours or Relatives
. This is pretty much identical in every western country.
Well, maybe it's not a mystery why he didn't include this group in his initial Policy. The simple reason is that no one in the Western Media World cares too much about this local issue or spends money on this, whereas if a white guy is involved the Media smells sensation
and considerable more cash. That's what keeps their business running. You are encouraged to view some of APLE's reality TV Shows:
Usefull and interesting Movies on the subject
It is interesting to note, that directly after the release of this website at the end of July 2011 APLE cambodia created a new version of their website, now including "
Ethical rules" and "
Arrests by nationality", including Cambodians. Everyone here in Cambodia knows, that the figure presented here in local arrests of Cambodians with APLE's assistance is somewhat
plucked from the sky
. APLE only denounces Khmer Nationals if they are forced upon them. Proof of that can be found at their www.aplefrance.fr and the PROTECT Website http://www.protectgh.org where they present every arrested pedophile (or what they claim to be a pedophile) with full name and mugshot picture. Interestingly they display even people that have beeing arrested but had to be released because none of the claims made by APLE could be backed up with hard evidence or verified by the court. Regardless of that these Peoples life has beeing destroyed and no compensation was ever paid by APLE.
As a direct result of the criticism by tpf-cambodia.com against APLE and it's President Thierry Darnaudet almost all Pictures of those arrested and accused of beeing a Pedophile have beeing removed from their websites in Cambodia and France. Now , that he can look at his own image at this website he probably had second thoughts about it. Global Humanitaria on the other hand keeps all mugshots on their website !!
With the "free of charge press coverage" in the western media, NGO's like APLE can raise enormous amounts of donor funds. But since that cash is not enough, he even turns to Wineyards in France to have a bite into the profit of a 100 Euro/bottle of french Wine
What qualifies Thierry Darnaudet ?
The research brought following Info to surface:
Darnaudet on inside magazin
Thierry Darnaudet was born in France in 1964. He left his country in 1989 to come to India as a volunteer with the Sisters of Mother Teresa in the city of Calcutta. A few months later he started a program for street orphans and runaway children. He has since lived in Calcutta, where he runs two residential homes and a children’s school. In 1994, while in Cambodia, he came to know of the incidence of sexual abuse on Cambodian children perpetrated by foreign pedophiles. In 1994 he registered the NGO Action pour les enfants – APLE – in France. In 2003 he registered Action pour les enfants in Cambodia with the foreign affairs and social affairs ministries, and launched the PROTECT project that aims to investigate and report incidents of sexual abuse against minors to Cambodian and foreign law enforcemen
a bit more detailed here:
Darnaudet left his Home in southwest France for Paris where he worked as a Librarian for some time until he got bored and started travelling to Asia as a
Backpacker in 1989. He clearly was searching for a Mission to make his life more meaningfull and satisfying. He found his first match when he started working as a Volunteer for Mother Theresa's Project in
Calcutta, India. The old and tough Woman could not be cheated, she did not like him and had seen characters like him before, and he had problems with her christian Mission and therefore left.
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Back in France he started his own Aid Organisation which he called "Uncle" and started raising Funds. That's the time when it should have rung a bell with those actively involved in Child Protection.
In the Process he met with Global Humanitaria 's seasoned NGO President andrestorres1.jpg .Andre's Torres from Madrid, Spain, another controversial figure in the NGO World.
Global Humanitaria Spainandres-torres.jpg
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes nº 632,
1ª planta, escalera C. 08007 Barcelona
T. +34 902 20 13 20
With enough Funds raised he went back to Calcutta to rent and later purchase a 80 Room House at Lake Gardens in which he planned to house 80 Street Kids. It's amazing how quick he got this Mission accomplished.thierry-and-wolfgang-calcutta.jpg
Nobody seemed to ask any Questions about his Qualifications and ultimate Motives
for such a Project. Well, this is Asia, after all and there are much more liberties for wouldbe NGO's than in any western country. In France, or other western donor Countries too, where People gave him lots of Money and trust for his Project nobody seemed to see any Problem or ask questions, and nor did the Sponsors likereport-abuse-billboard.jpg
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Terre des Hommes, Netherlands , which repeatedly seems to support questionable projects like CWCC's in Siem Reap, or the foreign Ministry of the Netherlands, the British, Australian,US and even the Swiss Embassy.
Not even the ever present US Government is concerned and has it's Representatives (Ambassador and Congresswoman Sanchez
us-ambassador-carol-a.-rodley-and-congresswoma.jpg ) visit the Phnom Penh Headoffice, recently in 2011. They are the most agressive and reliable partners and adopted Darnaudet's "PROTECT" Program into US Law and made the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency "
ICE" the closest associate and friend of APLE. Apart of that the US Government has a reputation of always taking side with the "evil, or wrong ones", and as we have just recently learned has it's own dirty hands. see the closet pedofile at ICE:
Head of ICE arrested on childporn charges
Thierry Darnaudet never married, nor did he have any kids of his own. Social Science studies ? Nope, nothing. He does'nt even have any degree in anything, just plain "Goodwill" to open a Childrens Home, away from Home. Why he did not care about orphans or children in need in his
home country France will be easy to understand. He is not accountable for any of his activities in Cambodia, but using a Khmer Strawman Samleang Seila instead.
If he would have to match up to APLE's own requirements:APLE Staff leadership requirements he would have never beeing employed !!
Today his Lake Gardens Childrens Home in Calcutta,Indiaactt-india-website.jpg is up and running at full capacity.
All Children Together Trust (ACTT)actt-india-website.jpg
75, Jodhpur Gardens. Lake Gardens.
Calcutta 700045. India
CRDS Childrens Rights Development Service
crds calcutta adress & registration details
32c,Nepal Bhattajaree 1st Lane,
Responsable: Ashim Sur Roy
while his close Global Humanitaria Friend Andres Torres set up tent just next door:
Baruipur Sitakundu Sneh Kunja (BSSK)
102 Lake Garden. 700045 Calcutta, India
The Kids have to write "praise Thierry" Letters which are published on the Web. The Kids are encouraged to call him "
An example from the Web:
My Dad is from France
He is living in Kolkata for many years. He is running a home APLE(Accion Pour Les Enfants) in Kolkata near Lake Gardens.
I love my uncle's friend, Marc. He came to India to help the poor boys and girls who are in street, and make them work in their future.
He is taking care of 80 children in Lake Gardens.He also manages some Project in Cambodia.
With the help of him we can learn computer and had been teaches by our Alison aunty.
He is very kind to everyone and the boys and girls, who are with him.His door is always open for hear their stories, questions and problems.
Like Krishna Rao and Others.
another one from a child claiming Darnaudet is like a God to him and willing to sacrifice his life for him
about Thierry Darnaudet....
My uncle Thierry is from France and he live in India like around 13 years. And I Like him because he is such a great man for me. He has done lots of nice thing for the poor. He is taking care of 70 to 80 children around and also giving them lots of facilities.
He is just like a God to me and I can sacrifice all of my life for him. And I will just say that I love my uncle very much
The Name for this Organisation is
A.C.T.T = all children together trust ! actt-india-website.jpg
But can they trust him ?
After all, he is marching Tourists through his operation to take a bath in the Children !
And who knows what Predators might be among them ? Street Children often hope to be adopted and taken away to live a happy life with a wester family.
actt-and-flo.jpg They suffer substantially if the Tourist Visitor leaves them there after a short happy play with lots of smiles etc. It's like a Visit in a Zoo ! They are exploited by having their pictures taken and used in the Media to attract ever more DONATIONS !
He also keeps close email contact to Pedophiles he helped to get arrested The email files and reveales a lot about himself.
Thierry Darnaudet is a Danger to the Children
Yes, he is indeed a Danger to the Children close to him. There have been Reports on www.khmer440.com's Speakeasy blog about Child Abuse in his Calcutta Children Home, where he has beaten a Kid so severe that it had to be sent off to the Hospital for treatment. (involving Malik Khatoon, a child) The Police was called and issued a report......., and nothing happened. This again is India where corruption is part of daily life ! No conscequences feared here, and the Donors never aks.
In 2012 another, similar story involving 2 persons that we so far have not been able to verify has surfaced in Cambodia. We will keep you posted.
Thierry Darnaudet is suicidal
When the "Times of India" indiatimes.com-darnaudet-suicide-calcutta.jpg http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2007-07-28/kolkata/27981114_1_suicide-note-french-delegate-hotel-employees
The Telegraph, Calcutta, India
French national attempts suicide in Kolkata
Jul 28, 2007
A 45-year-old French national, who works for an NGO, tried to commit suicide by swallowing an overdose of sleeping pills at a five-star hospitality address in the heart of the city on Thursday afternoon.
Darrial K. Dernandet Thierry
(note the misspelling of his Name !)
, admitted to the intensive care unit at Calcutta Medical Research Institute, is yet to regain consciousness.
Police have found a suicide note in his hotel room, in which he had written: “I am very depressed and that’s why I am taking this step. Inconvenience is regretted. I request you to cremate my body and scatter the ashes in the Ganges.”
“He was rushed unconscious to CMRI. He is still unstable, though out of danger,” said an officer of New Market police station. A preliminary investigation revealed that Thierry had been suffering from “some ailments”.
Thierry is part of a France-based NGO — Global Humaneteria — which works among street children, especially in Asian countries.
He arrived in Calcutta on June 19 and put up at the NGO’s office in Lake Gardens, before checking into the hotel on June 25 evening. “He has been visiting the city for the past 16 years. We are yet to know why he left the NGO’s office and started staying in the hotel,” the officer said.
After lunch on Thursday afternoon, Thierry entered his room (202) and hung the “do not disturb” sign. The hotel staff became suspicious after seeing the room closed for more than seven hours.
“We knocked on the door for half an hour but there was no response. We tried to call Thierry through the intercom, but in vain. Seeing no option, we called New Market thana around 8pm and opened the door with the duplicate key in the presence of the police,” said a hotel official.
“An empty liquor bottle was lying on the floor. Some sleeping pills were found in an empty glass,” an officer said.
“Thierry, a bachelor, is a dedicated worker. He was to visit some districts in a few days,” said an NGO official.
The Times of India
French national attempts suicide in Kolkata
Jul 27, 2007, 10.29pm IST
KOLKATA: A French national attempted suicide at a five star hotel in central Kolkata on Thursday night, before being rushed to hospital where his condition now was stable.
The French national, Darnow Det Theirry checked into the hotel on July 25 to attend a seminar on Global Humanity to be held there. (Note the misspelled Name !)
The hotel authorities broke down the door to his room when he failed to appear this morning after hanging a 'Do not disturb' sign on it and bolting it from inside last night.
Hotel sources said sleeping pills were found scattered on the bed and Theirry was found unconscious.
He was immediately rushed to a private hospital, where his condition was now stable, the police said.
"A suicide note was recovered from the room which said I don't want to live. My body should be burnt and the ashes thrown into a river. This is my last wish," Deputy Commissioner, Detective Department, Ajoy Kumar said.
He had the following "Farewell" Note prepared for the Street Children he was taking care of at his Lake Garden Home for Streetchildren.
mescherenfants1.txt [5 KB] which he later sent to David Makhout, his "friend" David Makhout, which he had thrown in jail and destroyed his life.
Remark from your Webmaster:
when Thierry Darnaudet started his APLE Protect Program in earnest in 2003/4 he presented studies of the legal System and the scale of Street based Child Prostitution and Abuse by Foreigners in Cambodia on his website. These Reports have since vanished from his website but can be found under
the section :APLE's PDF Reports .
There are clear calls for APLE to consider the Risks of sending civil citizens (foreign volunteers and cambodian undercover Agents) to Spy on and Stalk foreign Visitors and Expats in Cambodia) and to ensure a timely transition of his activities to the local Police (which Darnaudet even after 10 years in 2013 claims to be totally incompetent and not equiped for such a task. This claim continues even in 2013, comfortably keeping him in business.
What we have now in 2013 is a firmly installed Corruption System 250k--for-right-sentence.jpg by the local Authorities and the legal Appartus that targets those arrested because of APLE's claims. This Corruption System will not go away, even if APLE is closed down. Darnaudet claims he wasn't aware of such activities by the Cambodian Police, judges, lawyers, prison wards etc. in his email to APLE's country director Samleang Seila until the arrest of his friend David Makhout in 2008 . Even APLE's own staff has prooven to be corrupt as the email files confirm. see:The email Files (you'll have to scroll a bit to find this email in english. most of the orig. files are in french) This is one of his lies. He lives in India since 20 years and knows Corruption better than anyone from his own experience. He operates in Cambodia since 2003, so his claim to having not known about this corruption is not credible. He is a liar and harbours corrupt undercover people in his Org..
A number of arrested westerners had child abuse history in their home country. The Interpol Sex Offender Register monitors and tracks each of the previously accused or arrested Persons and tracks their movements, worldwide. It is due to this that a number of outright dangerous perverts have beeing able to be arrested; but does that need a "Gangstalking Organisation" like APLE ?
This is basic Police duty and can be inforced at any Airport Immigration Desk at Departure and Arrival.
APLE's GangstalkingGangstalking by APLE and Volunteers method has devided and alienated the society in Cambodia. Why does the Cambodian Government allow such a heinous NGO on their soil ? But than, they even wellcome the US Navy and anti-terrorist units of the US on their soi,l eventhough they bombed their country in an never officialy declared war on Cambodia. History repeats itself here, Cambodian Governments have throughout History always sold their country to everyone. The Khmer People always came last, while greed always came first. Perhaps a few Dollars less, spent on expensive SUV's and more on the Law Enforcement side would be helpfull.
ICE Chief Anthony Mangione Indicted in Federal Court on Kiddie-Porn Charges
Sep. 28 2011 at 2:32 PM
Update: Mangione pleaded not guilty to all counts. He "showed no emotion" in court, according to the Miami Herald.
The head law enforcement official for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in South Florida, Anthony Mangione, has been indicted in federal court on counts of transporting, receiving, and possessing child pornography. The indictment came down on Tuesday and was unsealed earlier today following his arraignment in West Palm Beach in front of Circuit Judge James Hopkins.
The charges of transportation and receipt both carry a five-year mandatory minimum prison sentence and a maximum 20-year sentence. The possession charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years. In addition, Mangione will face supervised release after leaving prison and will have to register as a sex offender, according to a news release sent out today by the FBI.
The FBI and BSO are collaborating on an ongoing investigation while a case is built against Mangione. According to the FBI:
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims.
Mangione is currently in custody at the Broward County Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale
Vigilantism (or Selfjustice as it is better known)
The following Introduction to what Vigilantism acutally is, is necessary to digest first before understanding APLE's call to be extra vigilant.be-extra-vigilant-at-breakfast.jpg Thierry Darnaudet is the typical Vigilante, albeit in bed with the corrupt authorities in Cambodia and India. Sebastien Marot of "ThinkChildsafe.org" plays in the same league. His ads encourage Tourists to be extra vigilant and travel Cambodia with their eyes wide open. This suggests that there are foreign pedophiles lurking at every street corner. At the end of the day, every child saved from abuse, sexually or otherwise is worth the effort. But please keep your sanity ! Cambodia's child abuse is mostly happening in their own community enviroment, just like it's happening in the west :
recent cases of vigilantism resulting in murder:
Quote on Sarah's Law:
An extension to the 'Sarah's Law' scheme which allows parents to check if someone with regular access to their children has a history of child sex offences could lead to a rise in vigilantism, the NSPCC has warned.
Diana Sutton, head of the organisation's public affairs and campaigns unit, said that while they "cautiously welcomed" the wider roll out, they were concerned that "the potential for vigilante action is much, much greater" than in the closely monitored pilots.
Ms Sutton also warned that the scheme places an emphasis on "stranger danger" when 80% of child abuse cases involve someone close to the child.
"Vigilante justice" is rationalized by the idea that adequate legal mechanisms for criminal punishment are either nonexistent or insufficient. Vigilantes typically see government as ineffective in enforcing the law; and such individuals often presume to justify their actions as fulfillment of the wishes of "the community".
Here is an example of such a case:
Persons alleged to be "escaping the law" or "above the law" are sometimes the victims of vigilantism.
Vigilante behavior involves various degrees of violence. Vigilantes may assault targets verbally or physically or may vandalize property or actually kill individuals.
In a number of cases, vigilantism has involved mistaken identity.
In Britain in the early 2000s, there were reports of vandalism, assaults and verbal abuse towards people wrongly accused of being pedophiles, following the murder of Sarah Payne.
In 2009, Philadelphia's Michael Zenquis was severely assaulted by a group of locals who mistook him for a rapist on the loose.
Lynching was the most common form of vigilantism in the US in the 20th Century—it was practiced through the early years of the civil rights movement, extending through the late 1960s.
In the early 20th century, the White Finns founded the Suojeluskunta (Protection Corps) as a paramilitary vigilante organisation in Finland. It formed the nucleus of the White Army in the Finnish Civil War.
In the 1920s, the Big Sword Society of China protected life and property in a state of anarchy.
In 1954, the Thai Border Patrol Police formed the Volunteer Defense Corps (also called the Village Scouts Thai: ??????????????) to provide law and order and emergency or natural disaster response. In 1974 it was expanded by the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) to urban areas to fight left-wing political activism. The Village Scouts were subsequently involved in the Thammasat University massacre of 1976. Their 21st century Internet censorship vigilance groups are called ?????????????????????????????? or cyber scouts.
Formed in 1977, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been increasingly active against whaling and fishing vessels which they see as violating international laws, regulations and treaties, particularly where whaling is concerned. It endorses an active policy of scuttling fishing and whaling vessels while in harbor, and ramming and sinking vessels engaged in the killing of whales.
During the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Provisional Irish Republican Army were known to administer punishment beatings to petty criminals and drug dealers in order to deter crime.
The Guardian Angels organization was founded February 13, 1979 in New York City by Curtis Sliwa and has chapters in 15 countries and 144 cities around the world.
Recognized since the 1980s, Sombra Negra or "Black Shadow" of El Salvador is a group of mostly retired police officers and military personnel whose sole duty is to cleanse the country of "impure" social elements by killing criminals and gang members. Along with several other organizations, Sombra Negra are a remnant of the death squads from the civil war of the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1981, a resident of the rural town Skidmore, Missouri fatally shot town bully Ken McElroy in broad daylight after years of crimes without any punishment. Forty five people witnessed the shooting, but everybody kept quiet when it came time to identify the shooter.
In 1984, Bernhard Goetz was approached on a New York City subway train by four men intent on mugging him. He shot all four and fled, earning him the media appellation "the subway vigilante".
During the 1990s, the group City without Drugs publically beat and brutalised drug dealers and forced addicts to go cold turkey in the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Formed since 1996, the People Against Gangsterism and Drugs of Cape Town, South Africa fights drugs and gangsterism in their region. They have been linked to terrorism since they bombed some American targets in Cape Town.
Formed since 1998, the Bakassi Boys of Nigeria were viewed as instrumental in lowering the region's high crime when police were ineffective.
Formed in 1996, Mapogo a Mathamaga of South Africa provides protection for paying members of this group. Leaders have been charged with murder, etc.
Los Pepes was a shadowy group formed in Colombia during the 1990s that committed acts of vigilantism against drug lord Pablo Escobar and his associates within the Medellin Cartel.
Current vice mayor of Davao City, Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is noted for transforming the city from the murder capital of the nation to what tourism organizations there now call "the most peaceful city in Southeast Asia". He's been suspected of being involved with the vigilante outfit Davao Death Squad and has been criticized by human rights groups and by Amnesty International for tolerating extrajudicial killings of alleged criminals. Time magazine has dubbed him "The Punisher".
Formed since 2000, Ranch Rescue is a still functioning organization in the southwest United States ranchers call upon to forcibly remove illegal aliens and squatters off their property.
In the early decade of the 2000s, after the September 11 attacks, Jonathan Idema, a self proclaimed vigilante, entered Afghanistan and captured many people he claimed to be terrorists. Idema claimed he was collaborating with, and supported by, the United States Government. He even sold news-media outlets tapes that he claimed showed an Al Qaeda training camp in action. His operations ended abruptly when he was arrested with his partners in 2004 and sentenced to 10 years in a notorious Afghan prison, before being pardoned in 2007.
Operating since 2002, perverted-justice.com opponents have accused the website of being modern day cyber vigilantes.
The Minuteman Project has been described as vigilantes dedicated to expelling people who cross the US-Mexico border illegally.
Salwa Judum, the anti naxalite group formed in 2005, in India, is also considered by many as a vigilante group and its policies are suspected to be helping the security forces in their fight against naxals.
In Hampshire, England, during 2006, a vigilante slashed the tires of more than twenty cars, leaving a note made from cut-out newsprint stating "Warning: you have been seen while using your mobile phone". Driving whilst using a mobile is a criminal offence in the UK, but critics feel the law is little observed or enforced.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have been dubbed vigilantes by multiple news agencies.
Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), an Irish republican socialist paramilitary group, maintains a presence in parts of Northern Ireland and has carried out punishment beatings on local alleged petty criminals. In 2006, the INLA claimed to have put at least two drugs gangs out of business in Northern Ireland. After their raid on a criminal organisation based in the north-west, they released a statement saying that "the Irish National Liberation Army will not allow the working class people of this city to be used as cannon fodder by these criminals whose only concern is profit by whatever means available to them." On 15 February 2009 the INLA claimed responsibility for the shooting dead of Derry drug-dealer Jim McConnell. On 19 August 2009 the INLA shot and wounded a man in Derry. The INLA claimed that the man was involved in drug dealing although the injured man and his family denied the allegation. However, in a newspaper article on 28 August the victim retracted his previous statement and admitted that he had been involved in small scale drug-dealing but has since ceased these activities.
Other Irish republican paramilitary organizations have served and continue to serve as vigilantes. Óglaigh na hÉireann for example in 2011 claimed responsibility for an arson attack on a taxi depot on Oldpark Road, Belfast, which led to the owners fleeing the country. It claimed that the owners were using the depot as a cover for drug dealing.In 2010 The Real Irish Republican Army shot a man in the legs in Derry. The man was a convicted sex offender. The Continuity Irish Republican Army in 2011 were blamed for the punishment beating of a heroin dealer in Clondalkin, Dublin, the man had previously been ordered to leave the country.
Republican Action Against Drugs or RAAD are an Irish Republican vigilante organization active prodominantly in and around Derry. Although often attributed as being a front for "Dissident Republican" groups by the media, the organization claim to have no allegiance to any particular Republican party or paramilitary. Formed in late 2008 RAAD originally offered an "amnesty" to all drug dealers, asking them to make themselves known to the group before giving an assurance that they had stopped dealing. In an interview with the Derry Journal in August 2009, the group's leadership explained: "We would monitor the actions of those who have come forward and, given an adequate period of time, interest in those drug dealers would cease and they could start to lead normal lives". Since then RAAD have claimed responsibility for no less than 17 shootings as well as countless pipe bomb attacks (see Republican Action Against Drugs#Timeline).
In November 2010, Alejo Garza Tamez, a 77 year old Mexican hunter and businessman from the state of Nuevo León, Mexico, killed four and wounded two other members of the organized crime band Los Zetas, when they tried to take away his ranch from him. He is considered as a folk hero in Mexico.
In October 2011 on the United States, a vigilante operating in Seattle, named Phoenix Jones was arrested and forced to reveal his true identity, after a confrontation with two groups who were fighting.
In June 2012, A Texas father beat a man to death who he caught sexually assaulting his 5 year old daughter. He was not charged, as one may be authorized to use deadly force to protect against sexual assault in Texas.
On April 15, 2011 a group of women in Cherán armed with rocks and fireworks attacked a bus carrying illegal loggers armed with machine guns in Michoacán associated with the Mexican drug cartel La Familia Michoacana. They assumed control over the town, expelled the police force and blocked roads leading to oak timber on a nearby mountain. Vigilante activity has spread to the nearby community of Opopeo. The government of Mexico has recognized Cherán as a self-governing indigenous community, but criminals continue to murder residents in the forest.
On August 2, 2012 Aleksandr Tkachev governor of Russia's Krasnodar Krai announced plans to deploy a paramilitary force of Cossacks in September, 2012 whose mission would be to discourage internal migration by Muslim Russians. In a speech to police he stated, "“What you can’t do, the Cossacks can. We have no other way — we shall stamp it out, instill order; we shall demand paperwork and enforce migration policies.”
Remark from your Webmaster:
All supporters and Donors of APLE, ChildSafe and Mlop Tapang should be well aware that these NGo's are Vigilante at best. While they promote Child Protection their primary aim is to secure a good life in luxury on Donor Funds. Just ask them about their Country Directors annual Salary incl. Allowances etc.
The Information below does unfortunately not take the "special conditions" of APLE's Gangstalking in Cambodia into account. Here, APLE enjoys the support of the American Government Agency ICE, the US Embassy and of course allmost all of the NGO in the Child Protection Industry. If you read the article below you will learn what hypocrites are at work here. APLE's activity would be totally illegal in any western country.
Here a summary from the US:
What Is Stalking?
Who Is Affected?
Tips for Stalking Victims
1. What Is Stalking?
Stalking refers to harassing or threatening behavior that is engaged in repeatedly. Such harassment can be either physical stalking or cyberstalking.
Physical stalking is following someone, appearing at a person’s home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects, or vandalizing one’s property.
Cyberstalking involves using the Internet or other electronic means to harass.
Either type of action may or may not be accompanied by a credible threat of serious harm. But both types can cause psychological damage, and each can potentially lead to an assault or even murder.
All states have anti-stalking laws, but the legal definitions vary. Some state laws require that the perpetrator, to qualify as a stalker, make a credible threat of violence against the victim. Others require only that the stalker’s conduct constitute an implied threat.
2. Who Is Affected?
In Cambodia any white male can be targeted because APLE works along ethnic lines, targeting Westerners.
In September 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released a report on Stalking Victims in the United States.
http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=1211. The BJS report found that:
During a 12-month period, an estimated 1.5% of persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking.
The percentage of stalking victims was highest for individuals who were divorced or separated (3.3%), compared to those married, never married, or widowed.
A greater percentage of females were stalked than males; however, females and males were equally likely to experience harassment.
Young adults are the primary targets of stalking; most victims are less than 35 years old. Women are more likely to be the victims of stalking, though stalking incidents are reported to the police by men as often as by women.
Most victims know their stalker. Slightly more than 30% of stalking offenders are a known, intimate partner - a current or former spouse, a co-habiting partner, or a date. Approximately 45% of stalking offenders are acquaintances other than intimate partners. Just under 10% of all stalkers are strangers. In approximately 15% of stalking cases, the victim does not know the identity of the stalker and thus cannot report whether he or she might be an intimate partner, acquaintance or stranger.
Individuals who are divorced or separated are at the greatest risk (3.4%) for stalking.
Financial toll. A stalking victim may need to take time from work to change a phone number, move, replace damaged property, obtain a restraining order or testify in court. Of the 79% of stalking victims who were employed during the 12 months preceding the SVC interview, 1 in 8 lost time from work. 130,000 victims reported that they had been fired from or had been asked to leave their jobs because of stalking.
About 16% of victims reported property damage in conjunction with stalking.
Stalkers may also commit identity theft against victims – including opening or closing accounts, taking money from accounts, or charging purchases to a victim’s credit card. Learn more about preventing identity theft by reading PRC Fact Sheet 17: Coping with Identity Theft.
APLE and Childsafe/Friends are using digital Spytools like mspyonline.com.
These Online Spytools are used to track every movement,read every email,sms; even when they have been deleted, listen to conversations several rooms away, copy files and pictures from your Smartphone. Of course they also have access to your Tel.Book with all names and possibly email adresses with whom you have contact. mspyonline-4.jpg This Software is available at Game Store which i found on my Samsung Note II App Store. There are two dozen more Spy Software Apps of a similar kind. No one seems to care that these "tools"are illegal everywhere in the western world. But who cares if our Governments are using them and destroy the last bit of trust in Society. These tools in the hands of a few renegade do gooders is like letting the Tiger out of the cage. Yet, the US,France,Netherlands,Sweden,Norway,Australia among many others support APLE's actions.
In recent years stalkers have seized on the anonymity of the Internet to commit their crimes. This has added a new dimension because many victims of cyberstalking don’t know the identity of the stalkers. That can make the fear more palpable and prosecution more unlikely.
It is difficult to define cyberstalking because it can appear in so many forms. As technology evolves, so does the practice of cyberstalking. A web-savvy stalker can wreak havoc on the online life of a victim. This can be incredibly damaging, particularly as more people use the Internet to pay bills, make friends, date, work, share ideas and find jobs.
Some examples of tactics a cyberstalker may use include:
Sending manipulative, threatening, lewd or harassing emails from an assortment of email accounts.
Hacking into a victim’s online accounts (such as banking or email) and changing the victim’s settings and passwords.
Creating false online accounts on social networking and dating sites, impersonating the victim or attempting to establish contact with the victim by using a false persona.
Posting messages to online bulletin boards and discussion groups with the victim’s personal information, such as home address, phone number or Social Security number. Posts may also be lewd or controversial – and result in the victim receiving numerous emails, calls or visits from people who read the post online.
Signing up for numerous online mailing lists and services using a victim’s name and email address.
Cyberstalking is difficult to combat because the stalker could be in another state or sitting three cubicles away from the victim. In the anonymous world of the Internet, it is difficult to verify a stalker’s identity, collect the necessary evidence for an arrest and then trace the cyberstalker to a physical location.
For a list of state cyberstalking laws, see the National Conference of State Legislature’s State Electronic Harassment or "Cyberstalking" Laws .
If you are a victim of cyberstalking, try to gather as much physical evidence as possible and document each contact. For more information and tips, visit the National Center for Victims of Crimes webpage: If You Are a Victim of Cyberstalking.
The fact that cyberstalking doesn’t involve physical contact doesn’t mean it is any less dangerous than “real life” stalking. It’s not difficult for an experienced Internet user to find enough of the victim’s personal information, such as phone number or place of business, to establish his or her physical location.
Social networking, through websites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Meetup and LinkedIn, present security issues for victims of stalking. A profile on a social network might include information such as your email address, phone number, general (or even specific) address information, birthday, legal name, names of family members, and even minute-to-minute updates on your location.
If a victim has a public profile, a stalker could easily access any information posted to the social networking account. Even with strong privacy settings or a private profile, a stalker might be able to access your account. A few of the ways this can be accomplished include:
Hacking your account
Creating a false profile and sending a "friend request" or "follow request." The request may even appear to be from a known friend or family member. Verify with your friends and family members that they own the account before accepting the request.
Gaining access to the accounts of your already-established connections (such as Facebook friends or Twitter followers).
If you are a victim of stalking, consider suspending your social networking accounts until the stalking has been resolved. If you decide to continue to use social networking sites, here are a few tips to help keep you safe:
Take advantage of privacy settings. With some social networking sites, you may be able to make your profile completely private simply by checking a box. With others, such as Facebook, privacy settings can be complex to navigate.
Take advantage of added security settings. One of the best examples is two-factor authentication. When you enable this, your account will require you to provide something you know (like a password) with something you have (like a specific device). Therefore, if someone gets your password he or she will not be able to log in to the account without the specific code that the service sends to your device. Lifehacker has an article titled "Here's Everywhere You Should Enable Two-Factor Authentication Right Now" that lists specific sites offering two-factor authentication (note that the article is from August 2012 and that you should not consider the list complete).
Limit how much personal information you post to your account. For example, you may not want to include contact information, your birth date, the city you were born in or names of family members.
Do not accept "friend requests" (or "follow requests") from strangers. If you recognize the individual sending the request, contact him or her off-line to verify he or she sent the request.
Warn your friends and acquaintances not to post personal information about you, especially your contact information and location.
Avoid online polls or quizzes, particularly those that ask for personal information.
Don't post photographs of your home that might indicate its location. For example, don't post photographs showing a house number or an identifying landmark in the background.
Use caution when joining online organizations, groups or "fan pages." Never publicly RSVP to events shown online.
Use caution when connecting your cell phone to your social networking account. If you do decide to connect your cell phone to your online account, use extreme caution in providing live updates on your location or activities.
Avoid posting information about your current or future locations, or providing information a stalker may later use to hone in on your location, such as a review of a restaurant near your house.
Always use a strong, unique password for every social networking site. Read our 10 Rules for Creating a Hacker-Resistant Password.
Final tip: remember, you most likely will not know if your stalker has accessed your online social networking account. Only post information that would not expose you to harm if your stalker should read it.
The reality is that both cyberstalking and physical stalking can lead to a physical attack. Always get help quickly, document all stalking incidents and take precautions to protect yourself.
4. California Law
California was the first state to pass an anti-stalking law in 1990 in response to the stalking and murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer. Now, all states have an anti-stalking law.
In California, both criminal and civil laws address stalking. According to the criminal laws, a stalker is someone who willfully, maliciously and repeatedly follows or harasses another (victim) and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place the victim or victim's immediate family in fear for their safety. The victim does not have to prove that the stalker had the intent to carry out the threat. (California Penal Code 646.9, www.leginfo.ca.gov)
The criminal penalty for stalking is imprisonment up to a year and/or a fine of up to $1,000. There are more severe penalties when the stalker pursues the same person in violation of a court restraining order, with a sentencing range of two to four years imprisonment. Persons convicted of felony stalking also face stricter penalties if they continue to stalk their victim(s). Courts may issue restraining orders to prohibit stalking. (California Family Code 6320)
A victim, family member or witness may request that the California Department of Corrections, county sheriff or the director of the local department of corrections notify them by phone or mail 15 days before a convicted stalker is released from jail or prison. The victim, family member or witness must keep these departments notified of their most current mailing address and telephone number. The information relating to persons who receive notice must be kept confidential and not released to the convicted stalker. (California Penal Code 646.92) The court may order a person convicted of felony stalking to register with local law enforcement officials within 14 days of moving to a city and/or county. (California Penal Code 646.9)
A victim of stalking may bring a civil lawsuit against the stalker and recover money damages. (See Civil Code 1708.7 for the elements and remedies of the tort of stalking.)
Victims may also request that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) suppress their automobile registration and driver's license records from being released to persons other than court and law enforcement officials, other governmental agencies or specified financial institutions, insurers and attorneys. (California Vehicle Code 1808.21, 1808.22)
When stalking occurs in the workplace, an employer can request a temporary restraining order or an injunction on behalf of the employee who is a victim of stalking. (California Code of Civil Procedure 527.8)
5. Federal law
Stalking first received widespread public focus in 1980 with the murder of John Lennon, and again in 1981 with John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt on President Reagan. But it was not until the 1989 death of Rebecca Schaeffer, a rising young actress killed by an obsessed fan who’d stalked her for two years, that laws were enacted.
Such high-profile cases raised the public's awareness of this crime. But the majority of stalking victims are ordinary people, mostly women, who are being pursued and threatened by someone with whom they have had a prior relationship.
Federal laws that deal with stalking:
Full Faith and Credit (1994; 2000). This federal law mandates nationwide enforcement of orders of protection, including injunctions against harassment and stalking, in states, tribes, and U.S. territories. (18 U.S.C. Section 2265)
Interstate Stalking (1996; 2000). Section 2261A(1) makes it a federal crime to travel across state, tribal or international lines to stalk another person with " the intent to kill, injure, harass, or place under surveillance with intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate another person." Furthermore, the travel must result in reasonable fear of death, serious bodily injury or substantial emotional distress either to a victim or a victim's family member, spouse or intimate partner. Section 2261A(2) makes it a federal crime to stalk another person across state, tribal or international lines, using regular mail, email, or the Internet. The stalker must have the intent to kill, injure, harass, intimidate or cause substantial emotional distress, or to place a victim or a victim's family member, spouse or intimate partner in fear of death or serious bodily injury. (18 U.S.C. Section 2261A)
Interstate Domestic Violence (1994; 2000). Section 2261(a)(1) makes it a federal crime to travel across state, tribal, or international lines with the intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate a spouse or intimate partner and to commit, or attempt to commit, a crime of violence against that spouse or intimate partner. 2261(a)(2) makes it a federal crime to cause a spouse or intimate partner to cross state, tribal, international lines, by force, coercion, duress, or fraud, and to commit, or attempt to commit, a crime of violence against that spouse or intimate partner. (18 U.S.C. Section 2261)
Interstate Violation of a Protection Order (1994; 2000). Section 2262(a)(1) makes it a federal crime to travel across state, tribal, or international lines with the intent to violate a protection order and to subsequently engage in conduct that violates that order. Section 2262(a)(2) makes it a federal crime to compel another person to cross state, tribal, or international lines by force, coercion, duress, or fraud and to subsequently engage in conduct that violates a protection order. (18 U.S.C. Section 2262)
Federal Domestic Violence Firearm Prohibitions (1994; 1996). Section (g) (8) makes it a federal crime to possess a firearm or ammunition if subject to a "qualifying" protection order issued on behalf of a spouse or intimate partner. Section (g)(9) makes it a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to possess a firearm or ammunition if convicted in any state or federal court of a "qualifying" misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. (18 U.S.C. Section 922)
Interstate Communications. This statute makes it a federal crime to transmit in interstate or foreign communications any threat to kidnap or injure another person. (18 U.S.C. Section 875(c))
Harassing Telephone Calls in Interstate Communications. This statute makes it a federal crime to use a telephone or other telecommunications device to annoy, abuse, harass, or threaten another person at the called number. (47 U.S.C. Section 223(a)(1)(C))
For more information about federal and state laws on stalking and harassment, visit the National Center for Victims of Crime website.
6. Tips for Stalking Victims
These tips will help you guard your personal information and lessen the chance that it will get into the hands of a stalker or harasser. However, some of these tips are extreme and should only be used if you are indeed being stalked. Harassment can take many forms, so this information may not be appropriate in every situation and may not resolve serious stalking problems.
See also the Supplement to this fact sheet, PRC Fact Sheet 14a: Security Recommendations for Stalking Victims, provided by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Threat Management Unit.
Use a private post office box. Residential addresses of post office box holders are generally confidential. However, the U.S. Postal Service will release a residential address to any government agency, or to persons serving court papers. The Post Office only requires verification from an attorney that a case is pending. This information is easily counterfeited. Private companies are generally stricter and will require that the person making the request have an original copy of a subpoena.
Be sure to get a private mailbox that is at least two ZIP codes away from your residence. Use your private post office box address for all of your correspondence. Print it on your checks instead of your residential address. Instead of recording the address as "Box 123," use "Apartment 123." If you must use a traditional home mailbox, make sure it has a lock.
Do not file a change of address with the U.S. Postal Service. Send personal letters to friends, relatives and businesses giving them the new private mailbox address. Give true residential address only to the most trusted friends. Ask that they do not store this address in rolodexes or address books that could be stolen.
Sign up for your state's address confidentiality program. As of October 2007, 28 states had an address confidentiality program, though many of the other states and territories had some mechanism in place to protect victim confidentiality. Address confidentiality programs offer a no-cost mail-forwarding program that enables victims of domestic violence and stalking to protect their residential address. A few states limit the program to just the driver’s license or voter records. For a list, visit the Stalking Resource Center's Address Confidentiality Programs Chart.
Obtain an unpublished and unlisted phone number. The phone company lists names and numbers in directory assistance (411) and publishes them in the phone book. Make sure you delete your information from both places. Do not print your phone number on your checks. Provide a work number or use an alternate number such as a voice mail number when asked – that is, a message-only number that is used solely for receiving recorded messages from callers. Consider replacing you landline with a cell phone if you haven't already done so. (see below) Always use caution when sharing your number.
If your state has Caller ID, order Complete Blocking (called "Per Line" Blocking in some states). This can help prevent your phone number from being disclosed when you make calls from your home. Be aware that blocking is not 100% effective. Programming “glitches” can sometimes inadvertently reveal blocked numbers. At least one company now offers a service that can “unblock” blocked numbers. It does this by forwarding your call to a toll-free number, which can then capture your phone number.
For the best protection, use a pre-paid calling card from a pay phone (but this may reveal the general location of the pay phone). As payphones are become less prevalent, you may also try a pre-paid cell-phone (see below). Consider using a Caller ID Spoofing service to mask your number. Also see PRC Fact Sheet 19: Caller ID and My Privacy.
Buy a pre-paid cellular phone with cash. You typically do not need to provide a billing address or sign a contract for these kinds of phones. Be sure to get a phone number with a different area code from your current location. The most secure phones are those that do not connect to the Internet. When activating your phone, provide little or no personal information. Immediately disable any location tracking services (talk to your carrier or refer to the manual to learn how to do this). Try to keep a charged cell phone readily accessible to call for help in the event of an attack.
Some websites advertise a service to pinpoint the physical location of any cell phones (including those with location tracking disabled) using triangulation of signals to cell towers. Regardless of what these websites promise, it is extremely unlikely that anyone other than law enforcement agents and telecommunications companies have the ability to track the location of cell phones in the U.S. unless the phones have location tracking enabled or special software installed. Most of the time, a stalker would need physical access to your phone to install software in order to use location tracking devices. At a minimum, a stalker (or even the police) would need to know a victim's phone number in order to track his or her location through the phone.
You can protect your phone number by using a Caller ID Spoofing service when you make phone calls. This will allow you to choose whatever number you want to appear on the recipient's Caller ID. Remember that when the phone is powered off completely, not even the police or a telecommunications carrier can track its location.
If your stalker somehow learns your phone number, change your number by contacting your carrier. For maximum security, replace the phone entirely (especially recommended if your stalker gets physical access to your phone). Some domestic violence shelters offer free cell phones to battered women.
Guard the cell phones of your children. If your child has a cell phone, remember that it too can be an avenue for tracking you. A stalker who intercepts your child's phone, such as a former partner who has partial custody of a child, can load tracking or recording software onto a cell phone. Be just as cautious with a child's phone as you are with your own.
Avoid calling toll-free 800, 866, 888, 877 and 900 number services. Your phone number could be "captured" by a service called Automatic Number Identification. It will also appear on the called party's bill at the end of the month. If you do call toll-free 800 numbers, use a pay phone or a prepaid cellular phone (see above) that can be quickly disposed of, should the number become compromised.
Have your name removed from any "reverse directories." The entries in these directories are in numerical order by phone number or by address. These services allow anyone who has just one piece of information, such as a phone number, to find where you live. Reverse directories are published by phone companies and direct marketers. Contact the major directories and request that you be removed from their listings:
Haines Criss+Cross Directory, Attn: Director of Data Processing, 8050 Freedom Ave. N.W. , North Canton, OH 44720.
By phone: Call (800) 843-8452 and ask for extension 312.
Equifax Direct Marketing Solutions (formerly Polk):
By mail: Equifax Direct Marketing Solutions, Attn: List Suppression File, PO Box 740256 Atlanta GA 30374
Include your name, address, ZIP code, phone number and a description of what information you would like suppressed.
By phone: (888) 567-8688.
Review our list of Online Information Brokers to find out what companies may be publishing your information online. Some of these, such as Switchboard.com, are online reverse directories. Opt-out when possible if you believe they have accurate contact information for you.
Let people know that information about you should be held in confidence. Tell your employer, co-workers, friends, family and neighbors of your situation. Alert them to be suspicious of people inquiring about your whereabouts or schedule. If you have a photograph or description of the stalker and vehicle, show a photo or describe the person to your neighbors, co-workers, friends, family and neighbors.
Do not use your home address when you subscribe to magazines. In general, don't use your residential address for anything that is mailed or shipped to you.
10a. Do not accept packages at work or home unless they were personally ordered by you.
Avoid using your middle initial. Middle initials are often used to differentiate people with common names. For example, someone searching public records or credit report files might find several people with the name Jane Doe. If you have a common name and want to blend in with the crowd, do not add a middle initial. In fact, consider using your first initial and last name only in as many situations as you can.
When conducting business with a government agency, only fill in the required pieces of information. Certain government agency records are public. Anyone can access the information you disclose to the agency within that record. Public records such as those held by a county assessor, county recorder, registrar of voters, or state motor vehicles department (DMV) are especially valuable to a stalker, as are business licenses.
Ask the agency if it allows address information to be confidential in certain situations. If possible, use a commercial post office box and do not provide your middle initial, phone number or your Social Security number. If you own property or a car, you may want to consider alternative forms of ownership, such as a trust. This would shield your personal address from the public record. (For more information on government records and privacy, see PRC Fact Sheet 11: From Cradle to Grave - Government Records and Your Privacy)
Put your post office box on your driver's license. Don't show your license to just anyone. Your license has a lot of valuable information to a stalker, including your date of birth.
Don't put your name on the list of tenants on the front of your apartment building. Use a variation of your name that only your friends and family would recognize.
Be very protective of your Social Security number. It is the key to much of your personal information. Don't pre-print the SSN on anything such as your checks. Only give it out if required to do so, and ask why the requester needs it. The Social Security Administration may be willing to change your SSN. Contact the SSA for details. (See PRC Fact Sheet 10: My Social Security Number - How Secure Is It?)
Alert the three credit bureaus--Experian, Equifax and Trans Union. Put a fraud alert on your credit reports to avoid fraudulent access. Better yet, freeze your credit reports. (See PRC Fact Sheet 17a: Identity Theft - What to Do if It Happens to You for information on establishing fraud alerts and security freezes. See Consumers Union's Guide to Security Freeze Protection)
If you are having a problem with harassing phone calls, put a beep tone on your line so callers think you are taping your calls. Use an answering machine or voicemail service to screen your calls, and put a "bluff message" on your machine to warn callers of possible taping or monitoring. Be aware of the legal restrictions on taping of conversations.
Use an answering machine even if you already have Caller ID. It is possible for a tech-savvy stalker to circumvent Caller ID by having a trusted number appear when he or she calls. This practice is known as Caller ID Spoofing. Consider screening your calls by allowing all incoming calls to go to the answering machine before you pick up.
If you have harassing or threatening messages left on your answering machine or voicemail, tape record them in case you need them as evidence for a restraining order or in filing a police report. (See PRC Fact Sheet 3: How to Put an End to Unwanted or Harassing Phone Calls. See also PRC Fact Sheet 9: Wiretapping and Eavesdropping on Telephone Calls. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers a 50-state guide to laws regarding taping phone calls.)
If you are a victim of cyberstalking, act promptly and firmly to defuse the situation. Take potential threats seriously. Very clearly tell that person to stop, saying something like, “Do not contact me in any way in the future.” Sometimes it is helpful to copy your “stop” message to the abuse department of the harasser’s Internet service provider. (If you have trouble determining that ISP, contact www.Cyberangels.org or www.Haltabuse.org.)
Do not respond to any further messages from the harasser or have anyone else contact the harasser on your behalf. Change your email address if necessary. Do not enter any personal information into online directories. See Cyberstalking Resources at the end of this guide and the PRC's Fact Sheet 18: Privacy and the Internet. For a list of state cyberstalking laws, see National Conference of State Legislatures.
Keep a log of every stalking incident. Building such a paper trail can make a successful prosecution more likely. Examples of evidence that may help build a case include: Caller ID records, logs of phone calls, copies of threatening letters and email messages, items sent to you in the mail, pictures of injuries, or even photos of the stalker outside your home. Plus, maintain a list of names, dates and times of your contacts with law enforcement.
Consider getting professional counseling and/or seeking help from a victims support group. They can help you deal with fear, anxiety and depression associated with being stalked.
Make a police report. Consider getting a restraining order if you have been physically threatened or feel that you are in danger. Study your state’s stalking law to gain a clear understanding of what conduct constitutes an offense under the statute. You should contact an attorney or legal aid office if a restraining order becomes necessary.
When filed with the court, a restraining order legally compels the harasser to stay away from you, or he/she can be arrested. Be aware that papers filed for a restraining order or police report may become public record. Put minimal amounts of information on such documents and provide only a post office box address.
Note: Some security experts warn that restraining orders sometimes lead to violence. Before obtaining a restraining order, consider your options carefully.
Be cautious about applying for a domain name. If you use your name as a Web site domain name (for example, www.janedoe.com), it will be relatively simple for potential stalkers to locate your physical address because that information is available in the domain-name databases. Check your current listing by visiting www.domainwhitepages.com. When registering a domain, look into private web registration services.
Develop a safety plan. Remember, even restraining orders do not always prevent stalking from escalating into violence. Make sure friends, neighbors, and co-workers know about your situation. Show them photos of the stalker. Keep handy the phone numbers of assisting agencies. Set up easy access to a reserve of money, credit cards, medication, important papers, keys, and other valuables in case you need to leave quickly. Have a safe place in mind that you can go in an emergency. Try not to travel alone. Always vary your routes. Carry a cell phone with you.
Password-protect all accounts, even your utilities. A stalker may try to transfer funds out of your bank account, cancel your credit cards or even cancel phone, electric or water service. Protect yourself by having hard-to-crack passwords on all of your accounts. See PRC Alert: 10 Tips for Creating a Hacker-Resistant Password.
Be aware of your cellular phone's geolocation technology. Geolocation technology built into your cell phone may enable a stalker to ascertain your location. You are at greater risk if the stalker has had access to your phone or your cellular account, and thereby may have had the ability to turn on geolocation tracking. If you suspect that your phone’s geolocation tracking has been activated, call your carrier to find out. Request that it be turned off. In fact, many domestic violence shelters will remove the battery from a victim's cell phone and/or turn it off to insure that the phone's geolocation feature cannot be used to locate the victim.
And these final tips from someone who was stalked for over three years: For your own protection, carry pepper spray. Get a mobile phone. Carry a digital or video camera. Never verify anything like your home address over the phone.
National Center for Victims of Crime
2000 M St. NW, Ste. 480
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 467-8700
Read its guide for stalking victims on the Stalking Resource Center page, http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center
Listen to an audio presentation by the Stalking Resource Center and other experts on the topic of "Stalking and Orders of Protection," (June 6, 2011).
Office for Victims of Crime (U.S. Department of Justice)
The OVC has an online Directory of Crime Victim Services. The directory allows you to search by state or country for services that match specific types of victimization.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The NDVH helps victims find safe houses.
National Network to End Domestic Violence
Specializes in technology-based stalking
American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVCC)
Skilled at helping victims navigate out-of-country issues
Have a 24-hour help line and also work with email and IM chat
Phone: 866-USWOMEN (879-6636)
Working to Halt Online Abuse, www.haltabuse.org
Wired Safety, http://wiredsafety.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=96&layout=blog&Itemid=41
Women's Issues, 12 Tips to Protect Yourself from Cyberstalking, http://womensissues.about.com/od/violenceagainstwomen/a/CyberPrevention.htm
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, list of state-by-state resources for victims, www.ncadv.org/resources/StateCoalitionList.php
End Stalking in America, www.esia.net
Feel Safe Again (Sandy's Law, Massachusetts) www.feelsafeagain.org
Los Angeles Co. District Attorney www.lovemenot.org
Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, www.atapworldwide.org
Click on the link from unwittingvictim.com to see what and how targeted individuals are attacked. In APLE Cambodia's case many of the details described here are true, too. It is however more transparent than widely believed and involves primarily the US Government ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement), the British Embassy, US Embassy, Cambodian Government, World Vision, Sebastien Marot's Friends,Childsafe, Maggie Eno's Mlop Tapang and many more.
Another source and place to change your experience of Gangstalking is found here:
Stalking is a dangerous crime that affected 6.6 million adults in the United States in one year. The better we understand the facts about stalking, the more we can do to stop it.
That’s why the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, launched National Stalking Awareness Month in 2004. Every January since then, communities across the country have focused on stalking – holding events, sharing information, and building awareness about the crime.
We have a wealth of resources to share with you. You can take our interactive quiz; download our videos, fact sheets, guides, posters, artwork for buttons and magnets, events ideas, media tools to build your knowledge; and start planning your outreach for National Stalking Awareness Month. This year, we also have social media tools to help you reach even more people.
We hope you will visit this site often and let us know how you are using these tools. You have the power to help “know, name, and stop” stalking in your community.
More info and help under these links:
If you need counseling or assistance, please go to
14 December 2012 Last updated at 12:24 GMT
'Stalking apps' could be banned in US
Some software marketed as spyware would be illegal under the act
A US politician campaigning for tighter restrictions on location tracking via mobile devices has had his bill approved by a Senate committee.
The Location Privacy Protection Act would make it illegal for companies to sell apps which provide the location of the phone to other users.
It would also outlaw apps from collecting or tracking location data without the consent of the owner.
Parents wishing to monitor their children's phones would be exempt.
"I believe that Americans have the fundamental right to control who can track their location, and whether or not that information can be given to third parties," Senator Franken told The Hill's technology blog.
"But right now, companies - some legitimate, some sleazy - are collecting your or your child's location and selling it to ad companies or who knows who else."
Some apps are actively marketed as spy software. They can record and email all smartphone activities - including GPS locations - to the software owner, while remaining invisible to the owner of the phone.
Their developers maintain the products are designed to protect children and allow employers to monitor their staff behaviour in work time.
"It's really, really troubling that an industry would see an opportunity to make money off of strengthening someone's opportunity to control and threaten another individual," Karen Jarmoc, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence told AP.
Under Senator Franken's proposals apps like this would be illegal without the phone owner's explicit consent.
However, David LeDuc, senior director of public policy at the Software & Information Industry Association believes that a voluntary "code of conduct" on data collection would be more beneficial to the sector than new legislation. (What a joke, your Webmaster)
"This flexible, consensus process is better able to ensure that policies are not technology or platform specific," he wrote in a blog post last week.
"At a time of increasing convergence, where "applications" are seamlessly offered across a wide range of devices, fixed laws such as this would stifle technological evolution by creating a distinct privacy regime based on a specific type of device."
Comment from your Webmaster:
Once you have visited mspyonline.com and see what kind of "service" is offered to the general public to use at it's Smartphone you can imagine where we are heading. Straight into DESASTER !
The oppresive Governments in the World headed by the US are using these Apps since a long time already but the general public is utterly unaware what that means to them. Once your Neighbour starts snitching on you, you might never want to turn your phone on again or give anyone your phone number or email adress.
Monday 15 October 2012
Savile: the mad hunt for a conspiracy of witches
With its contagion of accusation and counter-accusation, the Savile scandal has exposed the Salem-style irrationalism of the modern elite.
With each passing day – hour, in fact – the Jimmy Savile scandal looks more and more like a modern-day version of the hysteria that gripped seventeenth-century Salem, when a small town in Massachusetts became convinced that it had witches in its midst. Since the first accusations of child abuse were made against the late BBC entertainer in an ITV documentary on 3 October, Britain’s chattering classes have become consumed by a witch-hunting mentality, with almost every respectable institution, from the BBC to the NHS to the child-protection industry, finding itself dragged into a vortex of Savile-related suspicion and rumour, accusation and counteraccusation.
So as in Salem, Savile-obsessed modern Britain has its alleged conspiracy of witches, in the shape of Savile himself, described by the Guardian as ‘the devil who tries, and succeeds, in passing himself off as a saint’, alongside other named or hinted-at individuals. Together, these ‘blood-curdling child catchers’ (Guardian again) apparently ‘stalked children’s homes and hospitals… preying on the most vulnerable victims one could imagine’. They were part of a ‘child sex ring’, say the tabloids, which ‘lurked’ deep within ‘the corporation’ (the BBC). Savile was even worse than JK Rowling’s Voldemort, journalists tell us; he was a beast more wicked than could have been imagined by ‘even the most gifted weavers of children’s nightmares’.
We also have hysterical, mob-like attacks on the alleged witches, as in Salem. Being dead, Savile can’t be dragged into a showtrial and hanged, as the witches of Salem were, but he can be subjected to a posthumous trial by media, in which every claim made about him is instantly taken as good coin. His former home and grave have been attacked by whipped-up, witch-fearin’ individuals: the plaque on his house in Scarborough was daubed with the words ‘paedophile’ and ‘rapist’, and according to one broadsheet report, serious feminists had a serious discussion about ‘desecrating Savile’s grave’ – an eerie modern echo of the respectable women, turned wild-eyed, who joined in Salem’s hunt for witches. Savile’s gravestone has now been dismantled (and ‘ground to dust’); a statue of him has been taken down in Glasgow; and in response to the ‘cesspit of claims’ made about him, the BBC has purged from the historical record a 1985 edition of Desert Island Discs on which he featured. Britain must be scrubbed clean of all trace of this terrifying evildoer.
And in the most striking echo of Salem, the initial fingerpointing at Savile has descended into fingerpointing at others; at everyone; at those who knew about his abuse but said nothing, and those who didn’t know about it but should have; against the ‘complicit’, the ‘silent’, the ‘enablers’, the ‘accomplices’. In The Crucible, his 1952 play about the Salem witch trials which was also a not-so-veiled attack on the anti-Communist McCarthyite witch-hunts of 1950s America, Arthur Miller sought to capture the ‘contagion of accusation and counteraccusation’ that gripped Salem; the ‘ritualistic, public denunciations’ of witch-like behaviour which led to almost everyone becoming an object of suspicion (1). And so it is in the Savile era, where huge chunks of the ruling classes are falling victim to a contagion of blame and denunciation.
The speed with which even much-respected institutions have been sucked into the Savile suspicion is startling. In less than a fortnight, accusations of child abuse against Savile have transmogrified into accusations of institutional corruption and sexism against the BBC; accusations of neglect against the NHS (at whose hospitals Savile is alleged to have fondled girls); and accusations of complicity against doyens of the child-protection industry, including Esther Rantzen of ChildLine.
So the BBC is now depicted as a nest of ‘enablers’ of child abuse, as an outwardly respectable institution that has a perverted core, with rumours that ‘BBC employees were helping to procure underage girls for Savile’. The BBC has kickstarted two internal inquiries, one into the claims about Savile’s behaviour, and one into itself, into its entire ‘culture and practices’ during the time Savile worked there – from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The infection of Esther Rantzen with the contagion of Savile suspicion shows how even trusted figures of authority can fall victim to Salem-style hysteria. Rightly or wrongly (mostly wrongly in my view), Rantzen has for years been treated as an authoritative, trustworthy voice on the issue of child protection. Yet now, in the space of days, she has become cloaked in suspicion, ritualistically denounced in front-page tabloid exposés as being ‘complicit’ in Savile’s crimes for her failure to act on rumours about his behaviour. In a sense, she’s being eaten up by the child-abuse panic she herself did much to ignite over the past two decades. But this is not the time for Schadenfreude. That even Rantzen can be so severely rattled in this fashion shows that no person or institution, no established norm, is safe when an hysterical hunt for ‘evildoers’ and ‘child catchers’ is thoughtlessly unleashed by the elite.
The most dramatic fall from grace – or descent into what the BBC calls the ‘cesspit of claims’ – belongs to the NHS. Three months ago, the NHS was being celebrated at the Olympics opening ceremony as Britain’s greatest-ever creation. Dancing nurses were shown protecting pyjama-wearing urchins from Voldemort and other evil entities. But now, for allegedly allowing or turning a blind eye to Savile’s ‘stalking’ of hospitals and his ‘preying’ upon ‘the disabled and the brain-damaged’, the NHS is Voldemort – or it is at least being discussed in the same breath as Voldemort, in the same breath as Savile’s allegedly Voldemort-style, industrial-scale abuse of children, which was apparently worse than anything dreamt up by ‘even the most gifted weavers of children’s nightmares’. And so, one by one, cornerstone institutions of the modern British elite – the NHS, the Beeb, the child-abuse industry – fall into the cesspit of suspicion surrounding Savile, pushed there by the very people who normally sing the praises of such institutions. Nothing and no one, it seems, can escape the scorched-earth consequences of what Arthur Miller described as that contagious, witch-fearing process whereby ‘people are torn apart, their loyalty to one another crushed’ (2) – which took hold in the witch panic of seventeenth-century Salem, in the Communist panic of 1950s America, and now in the paedophile panic of modern Britain.
What is going on here? How, in less than a fortnight, have claims about the historical behaviour of one dead man given rise to handwringing about widespread institutional corruption and to claims that ‘evil’ is at large in our society and communities? Clearly, this is about more than Savile. We need to distinguish between what Savile is alleged to have done, which sounds pretty sordid, and what Savile has become in public discussion over the past two weeks: a metaphor, a symbol of corruption, an archetypal, almost caricatured paedophile, on to which the opinion-forming classes can project their misanthropic suspicion and distrust of institutions and people and pretty much everything.
One of the most striking things about the Savile hysteria is the explicit attempt to make the opportunistic behaviour of a handful of individuals sound like something structured, organised, a ‘ring’. Just as the eccentric behaviour of girls in Salem was held up as evidence of the existence of a coven of witches, so the alleged sordid behaviour of Savile and others is discussed as a ‘sex ring’. Likewise, everything from sexist language at the BBC to Savile’s alleged rape of a young girl, everything from Savile’s ‘wandering hands’, where he rested his hands on a girl’s ‘shoulder, back, arm for two, three or four seconds too long’, to his alleged abuse of a brain-damaged girl, is now lumped together as part of his ‘paedophilia’. It seems everything from saying ‘nice tits’ to a female DJ to hugging a 14-year-old girl too tightly on Top of the Pops to having sex with someone under 16 can now all be packaged up as evildoing, as child abuse. The conflation of very different kinds of behaviour, and the branding of them as part of a conscious, coven-like determination to do evil and corrupt youth, speaks to a pretty see-through attempt to depict Savile’s alleged crimes as evidence of a sinister streak coursing through every institution and through society itself. One piece on Savile quotes Sue Berelowitz, Britain’s deputy children’s commissioner, as saying: ‘There isn’t a town, village or hamlet in which children are not being sexually exploited.’
There it is; this is where we get to the rotten heart of the Savile hysteria. The Savile story is really a vessel for the cultural elite’s perverted obsession with child abuse, and more importantly its belief that everyone is at it – that in every institution, ‘town, village and hamlet’, there are perverts and innocence despoilers, casually warping the next generation. In modern Britain, the figure of The Paedophile has become the means through which the misanthropes who rule over us express their profound fear and suspicion of adults in general, and also of communities and institutions – even of the institutions they hold dear, such is the self-destructive dynamic triggered by the unleashing of the Salem ethos. If Savile had never existed, the chattering classes would have had to invent him, so perfect an encapsulation is he of their degenerate view of the whole of adult society today.
Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked. Visit his personal website here.
The savaging of Jimmy Savile
The NSPCC doesn’t help kids - it harms them
Daring to criticise child protection policies
How the vetting frenzy alienates adults from kids
The paedophile panic: a product of elite hysteria
(1) Arthur Miller: A Critical Study, Christopher Bigsby, Cambridge University Press, 2005
(2) Arthur Miller: A Critical Study, Christopher Bigsby, Cambridge University Press, 2005
Hoghton, 15 October 2012 14:12
I agree about the hysteria; and once again, it is the left wing press which is most vociferous; meanwhile, Sir Louis Blom-Cooper stated on SkyNews, that when he chaired the Mental Health Act Commission, there were NO allegations reported from Broadmoor to him, or to other commission members. There is also the influence of therapy-victim culture; a therapist was interviewed on radio 4’s Broadcasting House about therapy for families of abusers.
Thursday 10 February 2011
How the vetting frenzy alienates adults from kids
ESSAY: The state’s vetting of adults working with children suggests it no longer trusts us to use our judgement to socialise the next generation.
The Liberal-Conservative government’s announcement that the controversial Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) will be ‘very significantly’ curtailed is very welcome.
Under its new incarnation, rather than seeking to subject anybody who works or volunteers with children to a police check, the vetting scheme will reportedly focus on ‘those in sensitive posts or who have intensive contact with children or vulnerable people’. The onus will shift to employers ensuring that people are checked, rather than individuals themselves; and in a move apparently designed to address concerns about civil liberties and the errors thrown up by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), criminal record checks will no longer be sent directly to potential employers, but to the individual first to allow them to challenge any concerns or suspected errors.
All in all, the number of people affected by the vetting scheme is expected to halve. A Whitehall source told the Daily Telegraph that the new vetting scheme ‘will tread a sensible line between, on the one hand, making sure that sensible people, volunteers and everyone, are not let down by this ridiculous, bureaucratic system, and on the other hand protecting children and passing the “school caretaker test”’.
At the time of writing, the exact nature and scope of the new vetting scheme have not been revealed. However, three things seem clear. First, the coalition government has rightly responded to the destructive consequences of the Vetting and Barring Scheme unleashed by New Labour, and attempted to address some of its excesses, as well as the proportion of the population to whom the scheme applies. Secondly, the VBS will not disappear entirely, so we can expect some of the problems inherent in the scheme to continue. Thirdly, despite the scaling back of the official VBS, the assumptions behind the national vetting scheme have already acquired a momentum of their own in everyday life, which will not disappear overnight.
Reducing the scope of the vetting scheme will have a considerable impact, both in practical terms and in terms of dampening some of the confusion and hysteria that has surrounded ‘CRB-checking’ over the past few years. But in the interests of keeping this new scheme in check, it is worth taking a sober look at the roots and consequences of New Labour’s unpopular VBS - and asking ourselves how we got to this point in the first place.
The destructive consequences of the VBS
The Vetting and Barring Scheme was developed by the New Labour government, in a classically kneejerk policy response to the Soham murders of 2002, and enshrined in law by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. Yet by September 2009, even New Labour was forced to recognise some of the destructive effects of its pet project. Sir Roger Singleton, the head of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), conducted a review of the scheme and told a conference:
‘We need to calm down and consider carefully and rationally what this scheme is and is not about. It is not about interfering with the sensible arrangements which parents make with each other to take their children to schools and clubs. It is not about subjecting a quarter of the population to intensive scrutiny of their personal lives. And it is not about creating mistrust between adults and children or discouraging volunteering.’
In our report Licensed to Hug, first published in 2008, Frank Furedi and I argued that the national vetting scheme was indeed about all of these things. Unfortunately, as we indicate in a second edition of the report, in the space of a mere two years it was already apparent that the national vetting scheme had interfered with parents’ ability to make private arrangements, subjected a quarter of the population to intensive scrutiny of their personal lives, discouraged volunteering, and institutionalised mistrust between the generations. Whatever the intentions of those charged with creating and implementing the Vetting and Barring Scheme, it took very little time for the scheme’s destructive consequences to acquire a momentum of their own.
Regulating private arrangements
For example, in February 2010, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) published a ‘myth-buster’ about circumstances in which the Vetting and Barring Scheme would apply. The key aim of this factsheet was to highlight that ‘personal and family’ arrangements were exempt from the VBS: that, for example, ‘a parent who takes part in a rota with other parents to take each others’ children to school once a week’, or ‘a parent arranging, with the parents of her child’s friends, for the friends to stay at her home for a sleepover’, does not need to be formally vetted.
This ‘myth-busting’ was issued in response to news headlines reporting that ‘Parents who ferry children to clubs face criminal record checks’: because, according to the requirements of the VBS, ‘anyone working or volunteering on behalf of a third-party organisation – for example, a sports club or a charity – who has frequent or intensive access to children or vulnerable adults will have to be registered with the scheme’.
The distinction between parents volunteering on behalf of a children’s club to ferry children around, and parents organising a rota between themselves for the school run, might have been clear to policymakers. But for people engaged in the real world of children’s clubs, school runs, play dates and sleepovers, the line is far from clear – and the rationale for drawing it even less so. The messy, informal nature of working around children’s activities means that it can be difficult to determine, exactly, when the impetus for organising lift-sharing comes from a club or from a group of parents; and in any case, why should somebody volunteering on behalf of the Scouts be more suspect than a father making his own arrangements to kick a ball around with a group of kids on a Saturday morning?
The attempt to draw such rigid distinctions between ‘volunteering’ and ‘private arrangements’ betrayed officialdom’s otherworldly understanding of community life. People remain, understandably, highly confused about who needs vetting in what circumstances, and it was an insult for Sir Roger Singleton to tell them to ‘calm down’ about the confusion that his organisation helped to foment. It was also noteworthy that officials should feel obliged to reassure parents that it does not intend to vet them before holding sleepovers for their child’s friends.
The Vetting and Barring Scheme caused particular outcry with headlines such as ‘Now parents face criminal checks just to enter their children’s school’, ‘Now even Sunday-school parents must be vetted’, and ‘Schools vet parents for Christmas festivities’. Nobody has ever demanded that parents be vetted in order to interact with their own children. But unless families are assumed to be living totally isolated lives, it became clear that parents were likely to find themselves vetted anyway – because many volunteers for children’s activities are also parents, or simply because they want to enter a public place such as a school or playground.
The logic of this approach was drawn out in 2009, when it was reported that Manor Community College in Cambridge, where pupils are aged 11 to 16, put up a sign stating: ‘We do not allow anybody who is not fully CRB-checked to enter the college premises or to work unsupervised.’ Defending the sign, Ben Slade, the college principal, said: ‘We had a safeguarding review which suggested we should make it clear to people who are entering the building they are not to walk around unsupervised or work with children if they haven’t been CRB-checked… Ofsted [Britain’s schools inspection body] makes the rules up, not me, and a lot of schools have failed their inspections for not safeguarding pupils.’
The people who spend the most, and the most ‘intensive’, time with children (both their own and other people’s) tend to be parents. Once the distinction is eroded between childcare professionals and members of the community in general, as it was with the VBS, the idea that just anybody should be vetted acquires an unstoppable logic. And while we can hope that the search for formal CRB checks on other parents may cease with the revised vetting scheme, the anxiety about ‘other adults’ has already been firmly implanted in people’s minds. Parents quite simply worry about car-pooling and play-dates in a way they did not before, and it will take more than a change in the formal rules to undo that damage.
Surveillance and civil liberties
One of the most headline-grabbing aspects of the national vetting scheme has been the number of adults who would be covered by the scheme, and the financial and time cost of this process. In July 2009, the Independent reported ‘outcry’ as it was revealed that 11million adults would be included in the proposed vetting database; following the New Labour government’s review of the ISA, the media reported scant consolation as this estimated number dropped to nine million.
If the numbers covered by the new scheme drop considerably, that is all to the good. But we should remain mindful of the expansionary logic of any vetting scheme that attempts to prevent child abuse through a system of precautionary checks. There will always be questions about why one adult should be vetted and another should not, and employers and policymakers alike will need to resist the temptation to check whoever they can, ‘just to be on the safe side’. Indeed, one of the issues that has continued to lurk behind the operation of the vetting scheme is that of ‘illegal’ CRB checks, where organisations and employers demand a CRB check when none is required - and such has been the confusion surrounding the law that it is difficult to know when this requirement can be resisted.
The inclusion in the ISA’s records of ‘soft intelligence’ about employees or volunteers sparked considerable consternation. In October 2009, Britain’s newly-established Supreme Court ruled that the system of investigating people’s backgrounds for employment vetting is wrongly ‘tilted’ in favour of protecting the public, posing a threat to individuals’ rights and representing a ‘disproportionate interference’ in people’s lives. Earlier in 2009, the outgoing information commissioner, Richard Thomas, warned that the ISA’s use of so-called ‘soft intelligence’, such as allegations or suspicions, combined with its power to ban an individual from a job, had the capacity to damage an innocent person in his or her career, ‘financially and socially’.
The problems facing individuals in such situations are likely to persist. Just last month, the Court of Appeal handed down its decision in the case of Desmond v Nottinghamshire Police, which was that a person cannot bring a claim in negligence against the police in respect of information provided to an employer during an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. This related to a ‘soft intelligence’ disclosure that Desmond had been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and attempted rape, although no charges ensued. The police disclosed the incident to the CRB, which Desmond claimed impeded his employment as a teacher. But the Court of Appeal held that the police do not owe a duty of care to members of the public in this situation, and that the structure of the statute does not suggest that there should be a duty of care, as this would create a conflict with the statutory purpose of protecting vulnerable young people.
Well-founded concerns about civil liberties have to contend with a powerful cultural acceptance of the idea that ‘if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear’ – and that if the scheme prevents one child from being abused, the jobs and reputations of some innocent individuals is a price worth paying. As Furedi and I observed, this sentiment formed the basis of many individuals’ initial grudging acceptance of the Vetting and Barring Scheme in the first place: we can only hope that the architects of the revised vetting scheme will be more vigilant about the cost to civil liberties, and individuals’ vulnerability to mistakes by official bodies, to which they have limited redress.
A major problem with the VBS was that the inclusion of volunteers within its scope had a massive impact upon people’s willingness to volunteer for community activities with children. As with the rules surrounding ‘private arrangements’, there has been sensitivity to the problem of creating barriers to volunteering, and to that end the ISA revised and tried to clarify the rules about which volunteers need to be vetted when. But if anything, that made the confusion worse.
For example, under guidance issued by the ISA, organisations were supposed to work through whether their volunteers have ‘frequent’ or ‘intensive’ contact with children. Initially, ‘frequent’ was defined as contact that takes place once a month, and ‘intensive’ was defined as contact taking place three times in every 30 days or overnight. Sir Roger Singleton revised the definitions in 2009, so that ‘frequent contact’ was defined as contact taking place once a week or more often with the same children, and ‘intensive’ as contact taking place on four days in one month or more with the same children or overnight.
It may be clear to some, from these requirements, that a parent who went into school once a week to help a class of children with their reading needed a police check while a children’s author going into a school on a one-off occasion would not. But the reality of voluntary work is that the nature and frequency of people’s contact with children is not so easy to pin down in advance. What about the mother who, at the last minute, volunteered to accompany a Scout group on an overnight camping trip, because another volunteer had fallen ill? Or the father who stepped up to the mark to be Santa at his children’s school?
Volunteering, by its nature, depends upon spontaneous and informal offers of help. But the trajectory behind the Vetting and Barring Scheme formalised this process, by regulating all ‘frequent’ or ‘intensive’ volunteers as though they were professionals or employees. This formalised the notion that the more prepared an individual is to volunteer time and energy to help with children’s activities, the more he or she is regarded as an object of suspicion and in need of a licence.
This has fuelled a further disturbing trend, whereby the existence of vetting procedures can feed the officiousness that some members of voluntary organisations have always exhibited. For example, a father who is heavily involved in his sons’ youth football club told Furedi and me that some other parent volunteers seem to have adopted a policing role, constantly checking whether other parents have been vetted or are following accepted procedures laid down by the club’s child protection policy. It seems unlikely that the vetting zealots created by New Labour’s VBS will suddenly relax in the face of formal changes to the scheme.
Creating mistrust between adults and children
It is important to recognise that the willingness of organisations and individuals to go along with the strategy of mass vetting, often going further than they are legally obliged to, cannot be accounted for merely by the existence of a confusing law. The idea that volunteers ‘might as well’ have a CRB check ‘just in case’; that those with ‘nothing to hide’ have ‘nothing to fear’; that a routine CRB check is something that those who want to volunteer to help with children’s activities ‘just do’ – these sentiments speak to the way that being vetted is rapidly coming to be seen as a mark of responsible adulthood and, indeed, parenthood.
According to this perspective, if a responsible parent is one who becomes engaged in voluntary activities involving other people’s children, then a responsible parent will be officially vetted and cleared.
In this respect, the creation of the Vetting and Barring Scheme intersected with a broader culture of fear, to create a formal barrier between adults and children. The reformulation of the idea of ‘responsibility’ in terms of somebody who has been officially licensed has significant implications for the future of inter-generational relations in our society. It has crystallised the assumption that adults who take responsibility for children should be somehow qualified to do so, that holding the status of an adult is not enough.
Holding a valid CRB check, or having clearance from the ISA, has come to be seen in similar terms to having a First Aid certificate or teaching qualification – as though being officially cleared of child abuse gives these adults some particular knowledge of, and skill with, children, while the rest of the adult population is effectively blacklisted and cautioned to keep its distance. In challenging this culture of suspicion, ripping up the CRB checks currently required for millions of adults is a good place to start - but it is only a start.
How did we get here?
The national vetting scheme did not come out of nowhere. There is a story behind its inception, which is the story routinely told by the policymakers and officials who have developed and implemented it: that the Vetting and Barring Scheme was a response to the Soham murders of 2002, when two 10-year-old schoolgirls were killed by Ian Huntley. Government guidance published in March 2010 presents a standard version of this story:
‘The murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman focused public attention on how people who work or volunteer with children are vetted. The subsequent Bichard Inquiry made recommendations about how vetting should be improved and how it should be supported by better information-sharing, which were accepted by the government.’
Chronologically, this story is true. The Soham murders prompted the Bichard Inquiry, which recommended the creation of the national vetting scheme, which was then enshrined in law by the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. Clearly, these murders remain a key justification for the Lib-Con coalition government’s revised vetting scheme, as indicated in its desire that the scheme will pass the ‘school caretaker test’.
However, from the very start it was recognised that a CRB check would not have prevented Ian Huntley (a school caretaker) from gaining access to the girls who he murdered, as he did not work at their school and had not been convicted of previous crimes. While the Soham murders provided a clear political impetus to establishing the vetting scheme, it is more useful to understand its inception within the context of broader developments in child-protection policy. The reality is that the government shamelessly politicised the Soham tragedy to set in motion a set of child-protection measures that the state was already developing.
A compelling account of the development of child-protection policy in Britain over the past five decades is provided by Nigel Parton in his 2006 book Safeguarding Childhood: Early Intervention and Surveillance in a Late Modern Society. Parton, along with other academic experts in social work such as Eileen Munro from the London School of Economics, argues that the aims and meaning of child protection work have changed radically since the 1960s, prompted and legitimised by high-profile inquiries into child abuse. Some of the key inquiries identified by the literature on child protection are:
1974: inquiry into death of Maria Colwell at the hands of her stepfather;
1985: inquiry into death of Jasmine Beckford at hands of her stepfather;
1988: inquiry into Cleveland affair, where over 100 children were removed from their families by professionals on (erroneous) suspicion of sexual abuse;
1992: Orkney inquiry: again where children were removed from their homes because of suspicions of organised sexual abuse, which were discovered to be unfounded;
2000: the death of Victoria Climbie at the hands of her aunt and her aunt’s partner, which led to the establishment of the ‘Every Child Matters’ policy. This policy organised children’s services (including schools and nurseries) around aiming to achieve five universal and amorphous outcomes: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, achieving economic wellbeing.
What this historical process represents is the playing out of an ongoing tension between the family and the state, in terms of where the primary responsibilities for protecting children lie. While the Colwell and Beckford cases focused attention on the problem of child abuse within the family, the Cleveland and Orkney cases caused a storm because they focused attention on an over-interventionist state, interfering in the family and taking children away on the basis of little evidence.
Two key pieces of legislation arose from this process of inquiries: the 1989 Children Act, which, Munro argues in her 2007 textbook Child Protection, aimed ‘to set a new balance between the state and the family, increasing the protection of the family from untoward state interference’; and the 2004 Children Act, which aims ‘to encourage professional collaboration and increased collection and sharing of data about children’.
The concern about child abuse and child protection has not only focused on the problem of abuse within the family. Parton notes that, in the 1990s, a ‘range of new concerns’ came to the fore, to do with ‘ritual, organised, and institutional abuse’. These were ‘increasingly focused on extra-familial abuse rather than intra-familial abuse and, by the middle of the decade, were focused not just on residential homes, but daycare settings, sports clubs, youth clubs and the church. Not only did it seem that the state was failing to protect children but it could be seen to be actively condoning and, in some cases, perpetrating abuse upon children for whom it was directly responsible.’
It was around this time, the mid-1990s, that the spectre of the ‘paedophile’ came to dominate the media imagination – the predatory adult male who actively sought opportunities to make contact with children whom he could abuse. The Soham murders of 2002 seemed to embody that fear, in the shape of Ian Huntley.
Many commentators now recognise the public fears over ‘stranger danger’ to be something of a moral panic, and – in criticising the absurdities of the national vetting scheme – are quick to point out the rarity of children being abused by somebody outside their own family. (It is worth noting that child abuse within the family is quite rare, too, although fewer people make that point.)
But the pertinent issue here is that Vetting and Barring Scheme has its roots in a cultural dynamic that existed some years before the Soham murders, and the policy response to these murders was not a practical measure designed to catch ‘another Ian Huntley’, so much as a response to a broader, cultural concern about the risks involved in allowing adults to have unregulated interactions with children.
Following Parton’s analysis, child-protection policy has gradually shifted from a concern about what the state should do in cases where it suspects that a child is being abused (as in the Colwell, Beckford, Cleveland and Orkneys cases), to a preoccupation with prevention of abuse happening in the first place. A good example of this is the Every Child Matters policy developed by the New Labour government in 2003. This was the outcome of an inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie – an extremely rare and horrific event. But the policy that developed was one that sought to encapsulate all children – Every Child Matters – in a process of monitoring and early intervention.
The question behind Every Child Matters was not ‘how does the state respond to cases of abuse to prevent them from going so far as they did in Victoria’s case?’. Rather it was ‘what can the state do to ensure that no children are abused in the first place?’. In other words, it was not a direct policy response to a particular event, but another stage in the project of prevention work already begun.
For example, Nigel Parton discusses a significant report published by the Department of Health in October 2002, titled Safeguarding Children: A Joint Chief Inspectors’ Report on Arrangements to Safeguard Children. The development of this report clearly predated the Soham murders, and two things stand out.
Firstly, notes Parton, the report’s attempt to define the concept of safeguarding ‘demonstrated… concerns about children and young people’s welfare as well as risks of harm to children’s welfare. We thus have far more agencies identified as being responsible and a broad focus of what those responsibilities should be.’ This indicates how the concepts of risk and harm shifted to mean damage to the child’s optimal potential, as in the Every Child Matters policy, rather than meaning demonstrable abuse.
Secondly, writes Parton, the Joint Chief Inspectors’ Report addresses the problem of ‘potentially dangerous persons’ and agencies struggling to respond to ‘unconvicted people who presented “a high risk of harm to the public, including children”’. This indicates the expansion of concern from children who may be at risk within their specific circumstances, to concern about adults in the general population who may pose a risk to children.
A similar pattern can be seen with the way the safeguarding agenda developed after Soham aimed to protect children from adults in general. It is widely accepted that the national vetting scheme will not ‘work’ in terms of preventing all cases of child abuse by people working or volunteering with children – this was grimly illustrated by the case in 2009 of the Plymouth nursery worker convicted of abusing children, who had had a CRB check. The national vetting scheme only ‘works’ in cases where somebody has been previously convicted, or officially suspected, of abuse.
But the ‘preventative’ idea, that it is better to regulate adults’ contact with children than not to regulate it, enjoys a high degree of cultural support – even if people might kick against its practical application.
Where do we go now?
In attempting to understand the dynamic behind the national vetting scheme, we have to look at the way in which policy developments over the past three or four decades have gradually come to shape a particular view of child protection. This is the view that children increasingly need protection from adults – whether these are adults within their families, adults working for the state in the professions, such as social work or teaching, or adults in the community as a whole.
From the Maria Colwell inquiry onwards, each development in the child-protection agenda has attempted to address the unfortunate reality that some individuals do abuse the children in their care with a generalising policy response, which gradually adds more monitoring and regulation to the relationship between all adults and all children. This focus has gradually expanded to cover relationships between adults and children within the family, between children and professionals, and now between children and adults in the community at large – symbolised by the vetting of volunteers.
This development is problematic, for one key reason. Child protection is not a technical question, but a human one. Adults protect, and socialise, children every day of their lives – by educating them, coaching them in sports, caring for them emotionally and stopping them from running out in front of cars. This intergenerational relationship is fundamental to society. If adults did not assume responsibility for children, very little that we do in society would make sense.
The trajectory of child-protection policy, however, is to disrupt this taken-for-granted sense of adults’ responsibility for children. It does this by continually imposing a distance between adults and children, by regulating their interactions in some subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
The Vetting and Barring Scheme imposed this distance by monitoring who you are. The scheme insisted that only ‘suitable’ individuals can play a role in children’s lives; that it should no longer be assumed that adults should play a role in socialising the next generation because they are adults - rather, a proportion of adults should submit to surveillance and certification to do so, while the rest are warned to steer clear.
Other well-known aspects of child protection policy monitor what you do. One recent area of concern among many has been the growth of codes of practice preventing adults from touching children, or monitoring how they touch them – for example, nursery workers wearing gloves to change a baby’s nappy, and similar issues discussed by Heather Piper and Ian Stronach in their 2008 book Don’t Touch! The Educational Story of a Panic. There is also increasing disquiet about the rules surrounding parents taking photographs of children – at sports days, school plays and so on.
In their own terms, some such rules might be sensible, some might be profoundly silly. Taken together, the weight of these regulations contributes to a sense of profound disorientation among adults. Adults do not feel that they can simply behave with children in a way that they think is right or responsible – they feel they need to defer to the rules.
In this sense, adults are not exercising responsibility for children directly and using their own human judgement about what is right or wrong or safe or unsafe – they are deferring to technical systems such as the vetting scheme, or the child-protection policy by which their institution operates. This has the ultimate effect of de-skilling adults and making them unwilling or incapable of effectively socialising children.
The formalisation of intergenerational contact has made adults unsure of themselves and each other, and created further tension between adults and children. We should use the review of the Vetting and Barring Scheme to ask some deeper questions about how our society has come to conceptualise child protection as a technical process of certification rather than a generational, human responsibility, and work out some ways of turning this around.
Jennie Bristow edits the website Parents With Attitude. She is author of Standing Up To Supernanny, and co-author of Licensed to Hug. (Buy these books from Amazon (UK) here and here.)
Monday 8 August 2011
Daring to criticise child protection policies
As a researcher into ‘no touch’ policies discovered, you criticise child-protection quangos at your peril.
Fifty years ago, C Wright Mills deplored the widespread absence of a sociological imagination, and reminded us that the personal is always political – even if in complex ways.
Recent reports have provided contemporary evidence of the validity of these concerns, indicating a lack of awareness and imagination in the way that some organisations respond to perceived threats to their interests. This will become increasingly significant given government policy to permit a wide range of social and educational provision to move into the control of the private sector and charitable organisations. Reflection on the flawed way in which we work on and argue about social policy and practice, in which motives are hidden, key distinctions obscured, and unhelpful labels (left, right, libertarian) deployed, has been invigorated by some recent personal experience.
In recent years, as budgets have been squeezed, securing funding for educational or social research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has become increasingly competitive and challenging. The ESRC has responded to its financial constraints by enforcing an even more exacting set of criteria for assessing project bids, requiring more demonstrable intellectual coherence. So it was good to hear, a year ago, that a new proposal I had made (with Bill Taylor and Dean Garratt) had been successful.
Since then we have been researching the difficulties encountered by sports coaches operating in a society where the avoidance of all risk is the desired goal. Our aim has been to understand how amateur and professional coaches and physical-education teachers have experienced and adapted to the appearance of a range of guidelines and injunctions covering, amongst other things, how they should touch - or rather, not touch - children and young people in the course of their work. We have been told of the burden of repeat Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and the fears of false allegation/litigation. And we’ve also been told some frankly bizarre stories. For example, a young woman was allowed to coach girls because, she said, ‘I was female and because technically, I can’t penetrate ... that’s what was actually said to me, you can’t actually physically do anything really’. In another example, sponge footballs have been introduced into playgrounds so no child can possibly be hurt by a normal one.
Preceeding the above comments on Jimmy Savile was a still ongoing assessment of how damaging Savile was to young girls, (keep in mind that some of the alledged abuses date back more than 35 Years !!)
Anyone who lived in the mid 60's up until the 80's and enjoyed the live Rockbands know the Term "Groupie". Young Girls would do anything just to get laid by their Rock Idol. Why it took some of these now adult women so long to come out with their claim can easy be explained. Their Idol did not marry them ! Now a bit of Backstabbing cant't be all that bad, can it ? (the Media loves it)
But now we have arrived at a situation where Cambodia risks to loose it's image of beeing the Heaven for Pedophiles to Britain. Even the British Prime Minister Cameron has now warned of a potential "Witch Hunt" in Britain. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/08/david-cameron-warns-witch-hunt-paedophilia
The current media hype even calls it :Paedogeddon !!
Is it all "for real", Paul Daniels questions whether all Savile accusers 'are for real'
Is it all for real ?
Shaun Gillam Hillhead Hampshire UK Vigilante Shaun Gillam, a media inspired Vigilante in Hillhead Hampshire,UK. The teacher turned up at Gary Glitters Home with a rowdy group of pupils to chase Glitter out of town.
Case 1: (USA) posession of childporn can get you killed !
Mistrial in Beating Death of Suspected Child Molester Inmate John Chamberlain was beaten, tortured and sexually assaulted.
October 24, 2011
SANTA ANA, Calif. - An Orange County judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case of five men accused of beating to death a fellow inmate they believed was a child molester.
The judge made the ruling after jurors could not reach a verdict on first-degree murder charges.
Theo Lacy Jail inmate John Chamberlain was brutally beaten, sexually assaulted and found unconscious after the nearly 50-minute attack on October 5, 2006.
Chamberlain suffered 48 rib fractures and severe injuries to his face and head, they added.
He was allegedly stomped on and kicked by fellow inmates. Chamberlain, who was awaiting trial on a misdemeanor charge of possessing child pornography, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
"These inmates decided to act as judge, jury and executioner. They murdered a human being in the most inhumane manner," lead prosecutor, Ebrahim Baytieh, said during opening arguments.
A grand jury found that the three guards in charge of the barracks were watching television and exchanging text messages at the time of the attack.
Prosecutors say more than 20 inmates targeted the 41-year-old because they believed he was a child molester.
Garrett Eugene Aguilar, 28, of Anaheim; Stephen Paul Carlstrom, 42, of Anaheim; Jared Louis Petrovich, 27, of Tustin; Miguel Guillen, 48, of Santa Ana; and Raul Villafana, 24, of Santa Ana, are each charged with one felony count of murder.
Each faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.
Three other inmates charged in the slaying have pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
case 2: (USA)
Following cable of the US Embassy was released by Wikileaks. In shows that the Cambodian government is not doing as bad as often claimed.
Subject 2010 Trafficking In Persons Report For Cambodia
Origin Embassy Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Cable time Wed, 24 Feb 2010 08:36 UTC
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¶1. (U) The following is Embassy Phnom Penh's 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report for Cambodia, covering the period April 2009 - March 2010.
Responses follow the questions outlined in Ref B.
The entire report is Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU).
¶2. (SBU) CAMBODIA'S TIP SITUATION ---------------------------
A. Sources of Information on Human Trafficking There are no firm estimates or reliable numbers available as to the extent or magnitude of the trafficking problem. Two surveys have attempted to measure the commercial sex industry in the country:
a 1997 report by the National Assembly Commission on Human Rights and a 2003 study by a former Fulbright researcher, Thomas Steinfatt. The 1997 Commission on Human Rights report included a country-wide
survey of brothels; it estimated 14,725 brothel workers in Cambodia of which 81 percent were Cambodian and 18 percent Vietnamese. The study did not attempt to differentiate between voluntary sex workers and trafficking victims. !!!!
Steinfatt's 2003 study on the number of prostitutes and sex trafficking victims in Cambodia estimated 18,256 sex workers, of which 65.6 percent were Cambodian and 32.8 percent Vietnamese. The Steinfatt study estimated 2,000
sex trafficking victims in Cambodia, of which 80.4 percent were ethnic Vietnamese. Although Steinfatt's trafficking estimates have been disputed, no separate data exists that reliably quantifies sex trafficking victims. Limited
trafficking statistics are available from Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) authorities involved in the repatriation of Cambodians from neighboring countries, such as the Ministry of Interior's Immigration Department and MOSAVY.
Cambodian authorities, in cooperation with international organizations such as UNICEF and IOM, try to distinguish between illegal migrants and trafficking victims, particularly children, and maintain some statistical information.
Within Cambodia, some NGOs that provide services to victims referred by police, judicial, and social service officials also maintain limited statistical information based on their respective operations. Cambodia's National Committee
on the Suppression of Human Trafficking, Smuggling, and Labor and Sexual Exploitation collected data from 14 government ministries, including from police institutions, for its annual report on RGC anti-trafficking efforts.
B. Patterns of Human Trafficking Cambodia is a source, destination, and transit country for trafficking in persons, including men, women and children. Some observers reported that a majority of Cambodian trafficking victims are
trafficked for labor purposes, due to Cambodia's relative poverty and poor economic conditions compared with its immediate neighbors; Cambodian women and children are also trafficked for sexual exploitation. Cambodians are
trafficked primarily within the region, particularly to Thailand and Malaysia.
Trafficking also occurs within Cambodia's borders, from rural areas to Phnom Penh and other population centers. Cambodian trafficking victims are recruited from or migrate from all provinces in the country, generally from rural areas
to population centers, or from border provinces into neighboring countries.
Debt bondage is often a factor in the recruitment of Cambodian trafficking victims, who initially believe they are accepting legitimate restaurant, factory, or other work opportunities in Phnom Penh, other cities, or overseas, but who are
then forced to work in exploitative conditions.
Foreign victims found in Cambodia generally came from Vietnam. Many ethnic Vietnamese sex workers in voluntary sex work were originally trafficked to Cambodia through debt bondage; some sex workers are still in debt bondage.
Within Cambodia, from April 1, 2009 through February 10, 2010, the PHNOM PENH 00000138 002 OF 019 National Committee reported that the Ministry of Interior (MOI) made 101 arrests in human trafficking cases involving more
than 200 victims, of which 56 were cases of sex trafficking and 45 of labor trafficking.
In the same period, the National Committee reported that police referred 408 victims of sex trafficking to MOSAVY, which made subsequent referrals for aftercare to various NGOs.
Thailand is the major destination country for migrant Cambodian workers, but there are no reliable numbers on how many are trafficking victims. In 2009, the Asian Development Bank estimated that 240,000 Cambodians migrated to
Thailand for work, most without legal permits. Cambodian men are trafficked to work in the Thai fishing, construction and agricultural industries; women and young girls are trafficked for factory and domestic work, and are also subject
to sexual exploitation in the Thai commercial sex industry. (no numbers here to what extend)
According to UN Inter-Agency Project against Human Trafficking (UNIAP), on average Thai authorities deport approximately 36,500 individuals each year. However, the number of trafficking victims among these deportees is unknown
because Cambodian authorities lack the resources to interview all the deportees. An August 2009 survey of 400 Cambodian deportees from Thailand found 92 who experienced some form of exploitation and cheating by their
employers; thirty-one of those were held involuntarily and forced to work. During the reporting period, MOSAVY reported receiving two victims of sex trafficking and 81 victims of labor trafficking returned from Thailand. Malaysia is a
common destination for Cambodian migrant workers, particularly women and girls looking for work as domestic servants.
UNIAP estimated that since 1998, nearly 20,000 Cambodians have migrated to Malaysia through 25 licensed recruitment agencies in Cambodia. Furthermore, there are incidents of Cambodian men and women, who cannot afford the
fees charged by recruiting companies to migrate legally, migrating illegally to Malaysia via Thailand, and thus being more vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. The number of these workers, both legal and illegal, who become
trafficking victims is not known. From April to December 2009, MOSAVY received four trafficking victims from Malaysia who were trafficked to work on Thai fishing boats. Vietnam is also a popular destination country for labor
migrants, some of whom become trafficking victims.
The total number of victims is not known, although MOSAVY reported receiving 898 returnees from Vietnam, 143 of whom authorities identified by survey questionnaires as likely victims of labor trafficking. Additional destination
countries reported in the past include South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, although the numbers of victims are far fewer. Neither the RGC nor NGOs reported changes in the patterns of trafficking, such as routes or destinations,
since the 2009 TIP Report.
C. Conditions Faced by Victims The lack of statistical data impedes attempts to characterize changes in the trafficking climate from one year to the next. As long as the economies of Cambodia's neighbors continue to expand,
Cambodian labor remains cheap and jobs inside the country are scarce, Cambodians will continue to migrate out for labor purposes. Conditions on Thai fishing boats have received greater attention from the RGC and NGOs. While
the boats are Thai-flagged and Thai-owned, they venture into international waters. Men who flee the boats have been found in Malaysia and Indonesia. On January 21, five Cambodian men jumped overboard from such a boat and were
rescued by fishermen from East Timor. Cambodian victims in 2008 and 2009 reported being deceived about their expected length of service, how much they would be paid, and how that payment would be made. They also reported
being forced to labor on the boats for days without rest, and complained of lack of food and water, lack of medical care, and harsh beatings by boat captains.
IOM reported that a number of international and local NGOs repatriate such victims unofficially, so the total number of victims returning to Cambodia is not known. IOM assisted the RGC in officially repatriating 35 such victims in
2008, but the five in East Timor are the only during this reporting period. The number of repatriated victims is believed to be only a fraction of thtotal number of PHNOM PENH 00000138 003 OF 019 Cambodian men trafficked onto
fishing boats. Conditions for Cambodians migrating to Malaysia as domestic servants have become a focus for the RGC. Women who returned from such jobs and sought assistance reported ending up in forced and abusive labor
conditions after migrating to Malaysia as domestic workers with the assistance of legal labor migration companies. The RGC has licensed 25 such labor export companies; however, there is inadequate monitoring of migration and
work conditions, and a lack of protection for domestic workers in Malaysia. The governments of Cambodia and Malaysia are negotiating a memorandum of understanding on combating human trafficking and the protection of
Cambodians working in domestic positions in Malaysia.
Cambodia's Ministry of Women's Affairs (MOWA) is leading the MOU process, and has advocated establishing a follow-up mechanism to ensure the well-being of domestic workers after arrival in Malaysia. D. Vulnerability to TIP Due
to poverty, lack of jobs, family problems and unequal access to educational opportunities, women and children, especially those in rural areas where 80 percent of the population resides, are most vulnerable to trafficking. Such
persons are particularly susceptible to the lure of employment, often via the intercession of relatives, friends, neighbors, community members, or unknown persons, to pay off personal or family debts incurred due to factors such as
drought or the serious illness of a family member.
There are no studies that suggest minority groups are more susceptible to trafficking. Some provinces, by virtue of their proximity to neighboring Thailand or Vietnam, are source areas for migration to those countries, and thus
trafficking victims. In a 2004 survey, PACT-Cambodia found a correlation between residential origins of trafficking victims and communities along major highways. An IOM study in August 2007 identified a high prevalence of trafficking
among commercially sexually exploited women and girls in Siem Reap, Koh Kong and Sihanoukville provinces. The study showed that groups that those persistently vulnerable to trafficking include: women and girls who have severed
relations with their family households, often due to physical and sexual abuse; women and girls who preiously worked as child domestic workers; and ethnic Vietnamese women and girls who became domestic trafficking victims
through recruitment or coercion into the virginity trade.
Children are not prevented from crossing the Thai border with strangers or alone, and Cambodians can cross the border without the need to show identification. Poipet/Aranyaprathet is the primary Cambodia-Thai border post for
transit. Children from Banteay Meanchey and Battambang provinces in Cambodia's northwestern region continue to be trafficked to Thailand to beg, sell candy or flowers, and shine shoes. Nearly all children repatriated from Thailand
at the Poipet border crossing receive special screening, and trafficking victims are routed through the Poipet Transit Center, which is staffed by MOSAVY personnel with support from UNICEF. According to UNICEF, there were seven
official repatriations involving 53 children in 2009; less formal deportations of a further 1,416 persons included 64 unaccompanied children identified by the Mobile Border Team. Children trafficked for begging in Vietnam are taken
across the border by Cambodian facilitators three to four at a time. A single trafficker may coordinate several facilitators, and border controls are minimal. Cambodian traffickers personally supervise the children in Vietnam, and
reportedly have few problems with police raids.
A 2007 IOM report stated that some Cambodian children migrate together with parents or relatives who migrate seasonally as whole families, or one or two children with parents, to beg in Vietnam. In 2009, MOSAVY reported
receiving 898 returnees from Vietnam, of whom 143 were identified as trafficking victims through a questionnaire; all 143 were minors.
On December 3, 2009, the RGC promulgated a new adoption law designed to bring Cambodia into compliance with the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption and address concerns surrounding trafficking of infants for foreign
adoption. A moratorium since 2001 on international adoption by some countries, including the United States, has largely curbed reports of adoption trafficking, though countries still processing adoptions in Cambodia continue to
report substantial fraud and irregularities in the small number of cases processed since then. The RGC is working with international PHNOM PENH 00000138 004 OF 019 organizations and other donors to establish transparent,
ethical, Hague-compliant adoption processes. As part of this effort, on January 19, 2010, the RGC suspended processing of all new adoptions until March 2011. E. Traffickers and Their Methods Traffickers are sometimes parents who
sell their child into debt bondage to serve as domestic help for other families, or into brothels. In several cases during the reporting period, police arrested immediate family members of victims, such as parents, aunts or uncles,
siblings, or grandparents. Due to poverty, lack of jobs, family problems and unequal access to educational opportunities, families may give their child to other relatives, who subsequently traffic the children unbeknownst to the
Traffickers may also be more distant relatives or acquaintances who promise work in Phnom Penh or secondary cities. In some cases, boyfriends, husbands or fathers take women or underage girls and sell them to a brothel. A 2007
IOM study of trafficking recruitment and facilitating networks found a system that is evolving in order to evade counter-trafficking efforts by communities, local authorities, and NGOs.
Research conducted by Friends International and UNIAP in 2007 on child begging in Thailand found that the majority of Cambodian child beggars traveled to Bangkok with their mothers or other family members and that most beggars
had a degree of control over their day-to-day lives. In contrast to previous assumptions, the research found that the majority of Cambodian child beggars in Bangkok did not experience abusive practices or trafficking; the concerns are
more related to those of vulnerable migrants rather than trafficking. However, the research found also that almost 20 percent of children questioned came with a facilitator or non-blood relative; while most of the children who came with
their mother said they were happy with the situation, half of those who came with a facilitator said they were unhappy.
In labor recruiting, most brokers are independent contractors. There are 25 licensed labor recruiting firms in Cambodia, but these represent a small portion of the total number of brokers and agents operating throughout the country.
Some observers have reported that individual recruiters mislead rural and urban victims, claiming to work with labor agencies or claiming to have connections to good jobs in cities or in other countries (usually Thailand or Malaysia). In
April 2009, the RGC instituted a new process for foreigners seeking to marry Cambodian citizens. The new process reflects efforts of the RGC to prevent human trafficking to other countries through sham marriages, though some
believe the new procedures were weakly enforced. The MFA reviews documents in the application process, and the prospective couples must be interviewed by officers of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department
of the Cambodian National Police before MOI will authorize the marriage.
The Svay Pak brothel area continues in operation, despite numerous attempts by anti-TIP police to close it down. Underage girls are available in Svay Pak establishments upon demand, but generally do not stay on site. Current
trends show that underage girls from Svay Pak are delivered to various brothels and establishments during the evening, or are available on order. A trafficker convicted in December 2009 operated a business from Svay Pak, brokering
deals with pedophiles and then delivering victims to the perpetrators' hotel rooms. IJM reported continued difficulty in raids of the area, due to attempts to hide the crime and the nearly impenetrable layout of the area which allows
traffickers to escape quickly.
Vietnamese women and children, many in debt bondage, were trafficked from Kieng Yang, Can Tho, Dong Thap and other provinces in Vietnam to Cambodia for commercial sex work. Information from AFESIP, CWCC, and UNICEF
indicates that Vietnamese women and girls also are trafficked through Cambodia by organized Vietnamese criminal gangs to onward destinations in Thailand and Malaysia. Cambodians are often brought through porous borders with
Thailand or Vietnam without documentation. Some women are reportedly trafficked by boat from the Cambodian province of Koh Kong to Thailand to enter the sex trade. Women are reportedly trafficked to Malaysia with valid
Cambodian passports, with allegations of complicity on the part of Thai and Malay border and immigration officials. RGC attempts to persuade Malaysia to grant legal rights to foreign PHNOM PENH 00000138 005 OF 019 domestic
workers have been unsuccessful, although the Ministry of Women's Affairs continues discussions on this issue.
Some NGOs claim that trafficking networks run by Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese-Malay criminals traffic drugs, guns, women and children to Thailand and Malaysia. A UNIAP representative reported that although trafficking networks
were likely involved in some cases, small brokers were responsible for most trafficking cases
¶3. (SBU) SETTING THE SCENE FOR THE RGC'S ANTI-TIP EFFORTS --------------- --------------- --------------- ----------
A. Acknowledgement of TIP The RGC openly acknowledges that trafficking is a serious problem in Cambodia. The
Prime Minister has called for more extensive RGC efforts to combat the problem and Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng repeatedly reiterated in 2009 the RGC commitment to combating trafficking. On
September 25, 2009, the Prime Minister signed the sub-decree establishing a new National Committee on the Suppression of Human Trafficking, Smuggling, and Labor and Sexual Exploitation. The National Committee merged the
former National Task Force with the High-Level Working Group to form a single body designed to facilitate better communication and coordination among relevant government ministries and agencies, and civil society partners. The
government formally launched the National Committee on December 9, 2009, chaired by DPM Sar Kheng with wide participation from national committee members, members of the provincial committees, civil society partners and
international organizations. A National Committee Secretariat, which leads the day-to-day coordination work of the government's anti-TIP efforts, has six working groups with interministerial membership.
Each group also has a permanent vice-chair for an NGO representative, to ensure inclusion and dialogue between the RGC and NGO community. Each province has a provincial committee (PC), a local governmental committee that
coordinates anti-trafficking efforts and reports to the National Committee. The PCs developed provincial action plans to monitor entertainment and other establishments for TIP cases, report such suspected cases to local police,
supervise protection efforts within the province, and direct public awareness and other prevention activities. The PCs of Siem Reap and Svay Rieng Provinces have served as models; they developed structured, realistic action plans
partly based on input from the 2008 provincial dialogues and aligned with Cambodia's National Plan of Action for 2010. Among the results achieved was a public awareness campaign presented to university students, featuring a
documentary film about anti-trafficking and a local official from the Department of Social Affairs who hosted a question-and-answer session following the film.
B. Lead Agencies and Interagency Cooperation The National Committee on the Suppression of Human Trafficking, Smuggling, and Labor and Sexual Exploitation leads anti-trafficking efforts in Cambodia, under the direction of DPM
Sar Kheng. Four vice-chairs of the National Committee are the Ministers of Justice, Social Affairs, Labor, and Women's Affairs. The remaining 13 members are the Ministers of Tourism, Health, and Education; the Commissioner
General of the National Police; the Commander of the Military Police; and secretaries of state from the ministries of Interior, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Information, Economy and Finance, Culture, and Post and Telecommunications.
USAID provides technical assistance to the National Committee.
C. Limitations and Challenges Faced by the RGC The RGC has made great strides to coordinate anti-trafficking activities internally and with international partners, but its ability to combat trafficking effectively remains limited. The
lack of resources is acute; training and funding for law enforcement and courts are wholly inadequate, and the overall level of human resources -- trained and competent people -- is still greatly affected by Cambodia's legacy of
decades of civil war. For example, there are only 309 prosecutors and judges to staff Cambodia's 24 provincial courts, plus the Appeals and Supreme Courts. Newly sworn in judges and prosecutors represent a better educated and
more sophisticated civil service. However, enrollment at the Royal Academy for Judges and Prosecutors is capped due to resource constraints at 55 students per year. More graduates are needed to handle the existing judicial
workload, let alone an increased PHNOM PENH 00000138 006 OF 019 workload generated by more vigorous police action.
There are approximately 50,000 police in the Cambodian National Police force. The average education for most police officers, as for most Cambodians, ends in middle school. While a National Police Academy exists, most police
officers, particularly those in provinces distant from Phnom Penh, do not receive training in law enforcement techniques. Funding for specialized training in complex issues such as anti-trafficking is extremely limited. Observers
generally perceived evidence collection and its use in court to be a particular weakness of the Cambodian criminal justice system due to a lack of training, equipment, and funding. If a victim did not testify, police typically had little
evidence to use against the perpetrators. The National Committee and Ministry of Justice (MOJ) officials recognized the need for training of court and other RGC officials on the new law. Section 4F details 2009-2010 RGC training
programs on TIP. Law enforcement and court officials also typically lack necessary equipment to handle cases appropriately. There is a severe lack of capital resources such as vehicles, computer and communication equipment,
investigative tools such as cameras, and office space where perpetrators and victims could be held separately.
Standardized collection of statistics on trafficking crimes and their disposition by the courts remains a limitation. A 2007 sub-decree described the need for courts to provide case information to the Ministry of Justice, and an April
2009 letter to all provincial and municipal courts from MOJ requested standardization of statistics reporting. The letter included a sample statistical table used by the Phnom Pehn Municipal Court and provided detailed instructions on
completing the table. Nonetheless, most courts lack sufficient human resources to report statistics in a timely fashion. Reports are hand-written and not stored in a centralized location at each court. Computer support is nonexistent.
MOJ official travel to provincial courts in order to obtain statistics is limited by funding.
Under the French-based civil code system, police and court officials investigate TIP cases separately, and the relationship between police and investigating court officials was largely limited to cases in which police requested search
and arrest warrants. Although coordination efforts improved in 2009, prosecutors and judges only occasionally called on police for clarification, follow up information, or to testify during trials. Impunity, endemic corruption, and related
rent-seeking behavior continue to impede progress in combating trafficking in persons.
Donor countries have continued to press the RGC on anti-corruption efforts generally, and to pass an anti-corruption law consistent with international standards. At year's end the Council of Ministers approved a draft Anti-Corruption
Law and transmitted it to the National Assembly, which is expected to debate the legislation beginning April 2010. The Supreme Council of Magistracy (SCM) has the power to remove judges, but has done so only rarely. The SCM
also lacks the investigative resources to respond to allegations of corruption. There are approximately 1,250 social workers nationwide, serving a population of 14 million that is widely believed to suffer high levels of post-traumatic
stress disorders stemming from decades of civil war.
According to NGOs, there are very few accredited psychiatrists, psychologists, or other trained mental health professionals. RGC resources for victim assistance must be augmented by assistance from international organizations
and foreign and domestic NGOs.
The RGC has difficulty in defining issues of temporary guardianship pertaining to victims and witnesses taken from brothels, and the legal authority of NGOs to take temporary guardianship of children is unclear. D. RGC Monitoring of
Anti-Trafficking Efforts Under the National Committee structure,
14 participating ministries provide data on their anti-trafficking activities to the Secretariat of the National Committee on a quarterly basis. MOSAVY has a database to keep track of victims officially repatriated under RGC agreements.
MOI has a database to track police intelligence, investigations, and arrests of sex crime offenders. The National Committee Secretariat provides the data it collects, and individual PHNOM PENH 00000138 007 OF 019 ministries
cooperate and provide information upon request. The most persistent challenge has been the institutional and resources limitations that hinder MOJ from collecting accurate and complete statistics from the court system. To remedy
shortcomings in the collection, analysis and reporting of TIP-related prosecution data, MOJ has requested technical assistance with short- and long-term efforts to build a new reporting structure, train judiciary officials on that
structure, and develop data collection systems to capture and analyze trafficking prosecution data. MOJ created a new paper-based data collection system, and is collaborating with a USAID implementing partner to develop a
computer database to match. E.
Establishing the Identity of Local Populations The MOI administered a modernized birth registration system, but not all births were registered immediately, due principally to parent delays. In addition, children born from the mid-1970s
to mid-1990s were often not registered under any system as a result of the Khmer Rouge regime, Vietnam occupation, and persistent civil conflict during those decades. Many of these unregistered persons who later had families of
their own did not perceive a need for registration. It was common for young people not to be registered until a need arose. F. RGC Data Gathering Capability As stated above, the RGC is not capable of gathering the data required for
an in-depth assessment of law enforcement efforts, although the structures are now in place to do so, through the National Committee and its Secretariat. The principle challenges to gathering such data are lack of equipment and
lack of human resources - both in training existing staff and hiring additional staff to address the workload. Additional time and funding is needed to sustain and improve RGC efforts.
¶4. (SBU) INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF TRAFFICKERS --------------- -------------- -------------- --------
A. Existing Laws against TIP In February 2008, the RGC promulgated the Law on the Suppression of Human Trafficking
and Sexual Exploitation (hereafter the 2008 TIP Law). The law criminalizes all forms of trafficking, including trafficking through debt bondage, and covers both internal and transnational forms of trafficking. Chapters Seven and Eight
provide civil penalties such as asset forfeiture by perpetrators, and nullifies any contracts made in the process of a trafficking offense, including loan contracts that would be considered illegal debt. In October 2009, the National
Assembly passed a new Penal Code that includes the same language from the 2008 TIP Law in its articles. The Penal Code came into partial effect in December 2009 and will come into full effect in December 2010. Previously,
police and court officials charged child sex exploitation perpetrators with debauchery under a general 1996 law. The 2008 TIP Law contains articles to prosecute for child prostitution, sexual acts with a minor, and indecent acts with a
minor, as well as containing more specific definitions of other TIP crimes. The 2008 TIP Law made it easier to separate true TIP crimes from trafficking-related crimes, but also presented challenges to police and judicial officials in
proving the more specific charges in the law. RGC officials, especially those in the National Committee, understood the need for training on the new law. Training efforts during the reporting period are described in Section 4F. MOJ
officials are drafting Explanatory Notes on the 2008 TIP Law to be distributed to judges, prosecutors, and other RGC officials in late 2010; a legal advisor to assist MOJ with this effort was funded by UNICEF. One goal of the
Explanatory Notes is to provide clarity on which articles of the 2008 TIP Law are trafficking crimes.
Other relevant laws under which traffickers could be prosecuted include the 1997 Labor Law, which prohibits debt labor, slavery, and the labor of minors.
The Labor Law makes child labor (by those under age 15) illegal, but allows children aged 12-15 to engage in light work provided the work is not hazardous to the child's health or mental and physical development. The work must also
not affect regular school attendance or participation in guidance programs or vocational training. However, confusion regarding the issue of PHNOM PENH 00000138 008 OF 019 parental consent and the lack of specific penalties for
child labor have prevented successful prosecutions of child labor violations in Cambodia. Articles 363 and 368 of the Labor Law set monetary penalties for violating child labor provisions at 31 to 60 times the basic monthly wage.
Articles 172-181 of the Labor Law generally proscribe certain forms of hazardous child labor. Persons 15-18 years old may only work in non-hazardous occupations. Responsibility for determining whether jobs are either "light" or
"hazardous" rests with the Labor Advisory Committee (LAC).
The Labor Law also prohibits the hiring of someone to pay off debt. There are six declarations, signed by the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MOLVT) in 2007 and 2008, that govern child labor conditions in Cambodia. One of
these defines hazardous child labor as work that is detrimental to the health and physical development of children. The declaration includes a determination of the types of light work, limits the working hours of children ages 12 to 14
to no more than four hours on school days and seven hours on non-school days, and forbids them to work between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The other five declarations on child labor conditions include: (1) working and
living conditions in plantations, (2) working conditions in the garment and foot wear sectors, (3) working conditions in the fishing industry, (4) working and living conditions in brick-making enterprises, and (5) working and living
conditions in the salt production industry.
Comment from your Webmaster: There seem to be separate rules for Foreigners, particular in the Restaurant and Hotel Business. Many of those interviewed by me said that they were told by Police that Foreigners cannot employ anyone under 18; while Khmer Business owners can !!
B. Punishment of Sex Trafficking Offenses Penalties under the 2008 TIP Law are comprehensive and vary according to crimes and their severity. According to Article 15, trafficking people for sexual or other forms of exploitation is
punishable by seven to 15 years in prison. In aggravating circumstances, such as when the victim is under the age of 18, the perpetrator is a public official, or the crime is committed by an organized group, the punishment is 15 to 20
years. Judges typically imposed sentences between the minimum and maximum penalties allowed for crimes, except in aggravated cases where the maximum penalty was usually applied. As permitted in Chapter Eight of the 2008
TIP Law, judges have discretion to add mandatory deportation from Cambodia upon completion of the sentences by foreigners convicted in child sexual exploitation cases.
C. Punishment of Labor Trafficking Offenses The 2008 TIP Law provides criminal penalties for the illegal recruitment of a person using force, or fraudulent or deceptive means. Penalties for unlawful movement of a person for the
purpose of exploitation, including for forced labor or services, is seven to 15 years. If the victim is under the age of 18, the punishment is 15 to 20 years. According to Article 368 of the Labor Law, employers who employ children less
than 18 years of age for "hazardous work," as defined under Articles 173 to 178 of the Labor Law, are liable to a fine of 31-60 days of the base daily wage. Indentured servitude is punishable by a fine of 61-90 days of the base daily
wage. However, there are no cases in which the Labor Law has been used instead of the 2008 TIP Law to prosecute traffickers. There are 25 labor recruiting companies licensed by the RGC to export Cambodian laborers to countries
such as Thailand, Malaysia, and South Korea. There were reports of some workers becoming trafficking victims due to the exploitative conditions in destination countries, especially Thailand and Malaysia, and a lack of monitoring in
the source country. The 2008 TIP Law includes criminal punishment for recruiters who knowingly use fraudulent or deceptive practices in order to subject workers to compelled service in a destination country, but there have been no
prosecutions of labor recruiting companies in Cambodia for the exploitation of workers elsewhere.
NGO Cambodian Women's Crisis Center (CWCC) assisted the return of trafficking victims from Thailand and Malaysia to Cambodia and reported that when victims file a complaint against labor recruiting companies or employers,
CWCC generally obtains compensation for the victim. D. Penalties for Grave Crimes Rape is a criminal offense, and punishable by a five to 10 year prison sentence, according to Article 33 of the UNTAC Law. The new PHNOM PENH
00000138 009 OF 019 Penal Code Article 239-245, which take full effect in December 2010, contain the same penalties for rape, with additional higher penalties in certain aggravating circumstances. According to the 2008 TIP Law,
sex trafficking of minors under the age of 18 is punishable by sentences of between 15 to 20 years in prison; and for persons over the age of 18, the penalty is seven to 15 years in prison.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
An Australian man, 68, was arrested yesterday for allegedly buying sex services from an underage girl (17) in the capital’s Daun Penh district.
Ten Borany, deputy director for the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department at the Ministry of Interior, said his department cooperated with the rights group International Justice Mission and Wat Phnom commune police to arrest Paul Codognato.
Codognato was discovered with a 17-year-old girl at a house in Wat Phnom commune, Ten Borany said.
Child sex abuse
The extreme poverty and disadvantage in which of most Cambodians live, result in having a sizeable child sex abuse problem.
This is not confined to foreigners (keep in mind that every visitor from another country than Cambodia is a FOREIGNER, this includes Chinese,Korean,Taiwanese,Philippino, Japanese and many more. Not just western Tourists !) of which some travel here in search of victims;
In common with most societies there are many instances of children being abused by family members and others in the community.
Also, paedophiles of all nationalities who seek out schools, orphanages, and other child care centres, especially in developing countries where awareness of the problem and the likelihood of being caught are low. Often these paedophile Predators have been caught operating so called Orpahanages or Child Care Centers. Volunteers, too can be Predators while operating in these NGO run Shelters.
Unfortunately there are no regulations in place what Qualifications one must have to run an Orphanage, Home for Streetchildren or a Shelter in Cambodia. Anyone can set up tent and give it a go ! Attempts to regulate the NGO sector in Cambodia by the Cambodian Government have constantly been torpedoed by a great number of the mostly foreign funded NGO's, the UN and foreign Governments like the US. The reason for this is quite clear. They don't want transparency or accountability and any sort of restriction ! The attempt to put a NGO Law in place is running since 2008 and Cambodia is now in his 4-5 stage of NGO draft law !
One has to keep in mind that right after the beginning of running statistics, mainly by the UN and her bodies, the child sex abuse commited by foreigners have always run below 1%. 99 % is domestic in nature !!
The ongoing UN initiated anti Child Sex Campaigns of various international NGO's and foreign State Organisations like USAID,AUSAID,GiZ,AECID etc. all have one thing in common, they target western men ! Be it a tourist or an expat, teacher, Retaurant or Bar Owner; to these people all western men are potential Paedophiles. Predators that will sexually assault Cambodian Children !
The Programs (and there are uncountable) have led to an unprecedented alienation of:
Children towards Men (westerner in particular)
Cambodians towards Foreigners (again westerner in particular)
Western Tourists towards Expats or other western Tourists
As a western male, i dare not to be seen near Children, nor can i have mercy with a little beggar, not visit an orphanage or child shelter or give cookies to children of my Cambodian Neighbours. As a result of this i am sure Cambodians must see me as an arrogant and stingy Foreigner. To the Cambodian kids i am propably even worse, because i chase them away when they approach me to beg or sell some souvenir !
Further, when i return to my Home Country i am immediately put in a mental bag (ah, this guy went to Cambodia.... must be a Pedophile !)
Friday, 06 May 2011
As a lawyer who specialises in paedophile cases, Dun Vibol defends some of the most controversial criminals in Cambodia.
Dun Vibol himself has also faced his share of criticism, particularly over his opinions on the non-governmental organisations (NGO) that work to protect children from sex offenders.
Last year, he found himself in a dispute with NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, which has been investigating child sex offenders and conspirators since 2003 and has assisted in the arrests of 169 suspects as of March this year. APLE country director Samleang Seila filed a defamation complaint against Dun Vibol on May 12 last year, after Vibol was quoted in The Post as saying that APLE engaged in entrapment “in most child sex cases related to foreigners”.
It's hard to imagine that with a Budget of nearly 5 Million USD APLE claims it has to shut down Branch offices in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville and to lay off some of it's 55 Undercover staff.
A bit of hypothetical calculation here:
1. Country Director Samleang Seila annual salary estimated : 250.000 USD (the average of intl.NGO in Cambodia)
2. APLE Undercover Agents 55 x 1.000 USD/Month = annual 660.000 USD
3. APLE other Staff estimated annualy : 50.000 USD
4. Rent for Offices in Phnom Penh,Siem Reap,Sihanoukville,Poipet 60.000 USD
5. Hardware and Office Equipment : 250.000 USD
6. Communication Tel. Charges : 40.000 USD
7. Travel,Hotel,Meeting Expenses : 300.000 USD
Total 1.610.000 USD
Cars and Motorcycles have not been taken into consideration since most of the staff is apparently using their own vehicle which ranges from bicycle to Range Rover SUV.
Consider this figure against the 2011 Donations of approx. 5.000.000 USD and you will see a huge discrepancy of 3.390.000 USD !!
Now there is speculation of how much Thierry Darnaudet, CEO and Founder of APLE pockets out of this but it's evident that there should be no reason for closing offices and lay off staff, is there ?
There are however enough people to jump to support of APLE like this one :
Protecting Children and the Global Financial Crisis
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It would come as no shock to you when I say that fundraising for NGO’s is very hard work. There are so many NGO’s which exist in the world (some fantastic, some average and some not so good), and only so much money to go around. Many NGO’s in Cambodia are feeling the effects of the financial crisis (including Anjali House), however there is one NGO which is suffering so badly they are going to have to shut down their offices in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville by the end of the year if they don’t receive funding.
APLE (also known as Action pour les Enfants) is a French NGO in Cambodia which combats child sexual abuse. They raise public awareness about sexual abuse, conduct investigations, rescue and care for those children affected, and provide legal assistance, prosecution and training. APLE have successfully investigated many Khmer people who have committed sexual offences against children, however they are best known for their work investigating foreign pedophiles who visit Cambodia to seek out vulnerable children who have no people or regulations to protect them. I am constantly reminding the students, staff and volunteers at Anjali about why I am so strict about our child protection policy, however there are many children who do not have the support of day centres such as Anjali to help protect them from these pedophiles. APLE does just this, and due to one of their main donors unable to support them, they can’t continue.
(remark from your Webmaster: Is she suggesting that every kid outside a foreign run childrens home,shelter,orphanage in Cambodia is in danger to be sexually assaulted by foreign pedophiles ?)
Michael Horton from conCERT says „This will be a double disaster for Cambodian children as, not only will it be much less likely that paedophiles will be caught and prosecuted, closing the offices will result in more paedophiles coming to Cambodia as the message will be sent that the risks of being caught have just been significantly reduced.“
How true this is. The latest story of a pedophile being locked up comes from the APLE website.
Judge Kim Rathnarin from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced 81 year old Swiss national H.L. to five years in prison and ordered him to pay $500 in compensation to his 14 year old victim and he will be deported after serving his sentence in Cambodia. H.L was arrested in March after police found him in bed with a boy, both being naked, in a Daun Penh guesthouse at the riverfront.
Sok Socheata, the lawyer provided to represent the victim’s interests free of charge by the child protection organization Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), called the terms of the sentencing an appropriate deterrent to would-be child sex abusers. „Deporting the criminal will help a lot of Cambodian children. It will have a positive impact on child protection,“ she said.
APLE Project officer Khoem Vando added: „When H.L. serves his full sentence, he will be 86. (or more likely DEAD) This is a message for people who want to abuse children in Cambodia.“
Defense lawyer Dun Vibol said that he would appeal the verdict. „The sentence is too serious. An elderly person like my client cannot bear a long sentence like this. [...] The compensation will also be appealed,“ he said.
When Phnom Penh Municipal Court finally charged him on March 13, it was the third time in two years that H.L. faced charges. On September 30, 2010, he was arrested in Thailand for paying 500 Baht to a 12 year old boy in exchange for oral sex, but was granted bail. On Christmas day that year he was arrested in Sihanoukville and later sentenced to 24 months in prison for sexually abusing four boys between the ages of 11 and 13, but was released after 10 months. In both Cambodian arrests police took action after investigators from Action Pour Les Enfants reported their findings to police.
And another story:
Two French nationals, J.V. (67) and D.P. (63) stood trial at Battambang provincial court yesterday for sexually abusing two boys, aged 15 and 17, in one hotel room in Battambang province. They are charged with purchase of child prostitution under article 34 of Cambodia’s Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation law. The suspects have been in pre-trial detention since their arrest in October 2011.
According to Mr. Hong Sambath, lawyer provided to represent the boys by the child protection NGO Action Pour Les Enfants, the suspects persuaded the boys to follow them to the hotel room, offering them $10 to $20 each in return for sex. „The two men had each boy taking turn to commit the sex acts on both men in the room, [...]. They told the court they are MSM (men who have sex with men) and just bought the boys to give them a massage only“ he said. Mr. Sambath added that the men initially had confessed to the crimes but retracted their earlier statement during the court hearing. His clients have requested 10 to 15 million Riel ($2500-$3750) each in compensation and he has requested the court to have the men deported from the country after serving sentence. The verdict will be issued on October 2.
Action Pour Les Enfants project officer Mr. Khoem Vando said that one of the men had prior convictions for a series of child rapes in France and Thailand and that he was on a sex offenders’ registry list in France. Seila Samleang, APLE’s country director, said that his organization has investigated 292 cases of suspicious behaviors since the start of the year, compared to 138 during the same period last year, adding that child sex offenders have changed their methods and grooming techniques to contact and abuse children and have started turning away from their traditional locations into more remote areas. (another Myth from APLE)
Oh, and one more, just to let the message hit home of how many pedophiles there are:
During the trial of her father (a Pedophile ???) on August 23, a 12 year old girl stated he had raped her repeatedly at their home in Kampong Speu. A neighbor reported the abuse per telephone to NGO Action Pour Les Enfants in March this year. One of APLE’s social workers then immediately interviewed and counseled the girl, who confirmed the abuse. Her father was finally arrested on April 5. The victim’s lawyer Ms. Sok Socheata, APLE’s lawyer who defended the girl free of charge, welcomed the verdict. „The judge’s verdict will bolster the judicial system in Cambodia and warn others who commit the same actions,“ she said. APLE’s Phnom Penh branch officer Khoem Vando added that the mother wasn’t aware of the abuse because she was working. „Initially the mother was not willing to file a complaint but now she supports the prosecution,“ he said. Judge Ngoun Nara on September 7 sentenced the father to 12 years imprisonment.
(remark from your Webmaster: Funny, this is the first time ever that someone working for an NGO in Cambodia saying that a Khmer (Cambodian) is a Pedophile !! Congratulation ..., but what happened here is clearly INCEST-the Game the whole Family can play !)
The same day Siem Reap Provincial Court tried a case against British national W.F., 58, who was charged with indecent acts against two boys aged 6 and 14. W.F. denied all charges. „I did nothing [...] however, I haven’t any proof or witnesses,“ he said. The boys stated that he invited them into his house and showed them cartoons and pornographic material on his phone while touching the boys’ genitals. „I watched and then I realized that it wasn’t a good movie to watch,“ the 14 year old said. Hong Sambath, the victims’ lawyer provided by APLE, said his clients have each demanded 20 million Riel (about $5000) in compensation and he requested the court to have W.F. deported from Cambodia after serving his sentence. Judge Hok Pov will issue a verdict on September 26.
People in Cambodia are very concerned about this. Already, the 40 children from Together For Cambodia gave up their holiday plan and allocated the $1,000USD budget for a donation to APLE so they can continue to protect children. Staff from various NGO’s in Siem Reap are gathering for a meeting next week to determine how they can band together to prevent the closure of two out of the three branches from happening. Even I plan on donating with my limited budget.
(they are now even fleecing the kids to donate and give up their holiday)
Here is a breakdown of the expenses for helping victims for sexual abuse:(MONEY,MONEY,MONEY)
$30 pays for a medical examination for a victim, which can be used as forensic proof of abuse.
Check out:David Makhout's email exchange with Darnaudet
(Your Webmaster: David Makhout's case where a girl was sent 2 times several month appart to have her vagina inspected by the cold hands of a Doctor with God knows how many Witnesses standing around. That is DISGUSTING and will TRAUMATIZE Victims forever !!examen-14-04-08.jpg examen-30-06-08.jpg )
$75 per month enables a child to be sent to school along with school materials, books and rice for the family.
$94 can be used to run an awareness campaign (AD)of one tuk-tuk with banner (printing and monthly allowance for a driver) to promote APLE’s hotline and report-abuse for one year.p1020281.jpg (Suggesting Cambodia is full of Pedophiles)
$100 per month will enable a survivor to be sent to a vocational training course, learning any professional skills ranging from motorbike/car mechanic, welding, hairdressing. This amount includes accommodation and food.
$120 per month enables a child to be rescued from sex slavery or sexual abuse, and have them returned to school.
(Hagar International Cambodia locks "rescued kids"up and does not allow them to go Home. The same is true with World Vision and many other "Shelters". The rescued kid becomes an asset until it's no longer of any value (mostly after the court sentenced the accused)
You can donate at through their website or through international bank transfer. Please spread the word about this, as the livelihood of many Cambodian children is at stake.
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Comment from your Webmaster: Sally Herrington represents the typical foreign (mostly UK/Australian) Volunteer at a Cambodian NGO. I am also positive sure that she never ever met a true Paedophile in her entire Life. But she writes like she's an Expert on the Subject......simply by gobbling up every word APLE spreads and becomes a fundraising tool.
She has no idea what and who she is promoting. APLE could easy continue by reducing their luxury salaries, etc., but than who wants to give up that nice standard of living in an exotic tropical location ?
IN FRANCE CRITIC OF APLE's WAY OF CONDUCT is also surfacing: Use translate/google.com to get an online translation:
Si vous vous intéressez un peu à ce qui se passe dans le pays voisin :
- regardez ce documentaire sur Canal +, le lundi 10 Novembre à 20h50
Pédophiles en Asie, des citoyens contre l'impunité
Durée : 1 heure 25 minutes
Interdit aux moins de 12 ans.
En Asie, l'ONG «Action pour les enfants» se substitue aux policiers, traquant les touristes pédophiles pour ensuite les livrer à la justice.
Au Cambodge, l'ONG «Action pour les enfants» (APLE), créée en 2003 par un Français, mène une action de fond afin de venir en aide aux mineurs exploités sexuellement. Les 55 enquêteurs d'APLE vont sur le terrain, livrant les résultats de leurs enquêtes aux policiers et à la justice, alors contraints d'intervenir. L'ONG assure ensuite le suivi des affaires, afin d'éviter toute corruption. En quatre ans, 67 pédophiles ont ainsi été arrêtés
(67 Arrests in 4 Years shows that there is hardly a problem on the scale suggested by the Child Protection Industry in Cambodia )
et un réseau de cyberpédophilie a été démantelé. Le documentariste Paul Moreira suit des membres d'APLE dans leurs investigations. L'occasion de vérifier l'ampleur des ravages commis par le tourisme sexuel.
Ils sillonnent les rues de Phnom Penh à scooter, organisent des filatures et planquent parfois pendant des mois, lancés sur les traces de présumés pédophiles. Ces enquêteurs ne sont pas des policiers mais les salariés d'Action pour les Enfants, une ONG basée au Cambodge qui a fait de l'action directe son mode de combat contre la pédophilie. Le journaliste Paul Moreira, créateur de l'ex- magazine d'investigation «90 Minutes» sur Canal+, a suivi pendant plusieurs semaines les investigations de ces activistes d'un nouveau genre : «Avant, les ONG étaient là pour gérer les conséquences des crises, aujourd'hui, de plus en plus, on les voit se substituer aux Etats, là où ceux-ci sont défaillants.» Résultat, Action pour les Enfants est à l'origine, depuis sa création en 2003 par un humanitaire français, Thierry Darnaudet, de 67 arrestations de pédophiles au Cambodge. L'ONG s'est donnée pour mission de fournir des enquêtes abouties à la police avant de laisser à celle-ci le soin d'agir.
«Nous connaissons les limites de notre action», assure l'un des 55 enquêteurs - tous Cambodgiens - de l'ONG. Et pour cause : ces derniers se heurtent souvent à l'inertie de la police locale, sous-payée et corrompue. On ne peut que partager leur frustration quand, après des mois de filature, on les voit attendre en vain les policiers censés prendre en flagrant délit un Français descendu dans un hôtel avec un garçonnet. Pour préparer le terrain avant l'arrestation, à l'aube, ils n'ont pas dormi de la nuit. Mais les policiers, eux, ne se sont pas réveillés... «Pour 20 dollars par mois, ils ne veulent pas se déplacer en dehors des heures légales de travail», expliquent les enquêteurs d'Action pour les Enfants. Eux-mêmes sont payés dix fois plus pour éviter l'écueil de la corruption. Reste la question des dérapages possibles... «Lors du tournage, on avait cela en tête en permanence, raconte Paul Moreira. Mais on n'a pas vu, ni entendu parler de bavures.» Il y a quelques années, le journaliste s'était déjà rendu au Cambodge pour un sujet, destiné à Canal+, sur le travail des enfants dans les usines de textile. A l'époque, le «kilomètre 11», village de la banlieue de Phnom Penh, était un enfer sur terre, un bordel d'enfants connu de tous. Images insoutenables d'alors, où l'on voyait des fillettes, les yeux embués de sommeil, se faire tirer du lit pour être exposées aux clients. Aujourd'hui, la prostitution d'enfants n'est plus admise au grand jour. C'est aussi ce que raconte, avec acuité, l'enquête de Paul Moreira qui dessine, entre les lignes, le portrait du Cambodge. Un pays ravagé par le cauchemar khmer rouge, déstructuré par un ultralibéralisme sans foi ni loi, qui tente de retrouver une dignité bafouée à travers le combat pour la défense de ses enfants.
Update on APLE Cambodia, October 2012
Posted on 19/10/2012 by lizagreen
APLE continues their essential work investigating and prosecuting sex crimes against children in Cambodia. Alongside this legal work they also educate at-risk children and their families about the dangers of sexual predators. New Day was delighted to receive confirmation of a US$12,500 co-fund from our corporate partner Linklaters towards the June APLE grant. APLE Director Seila Samleang gave New Day the following update on their July to September activities:
APLE Update – July to September 2012
- In July-Sept: APLE social department have been taking care of 114 victims in total; 56 victims (46 F) in Phnom Penh, 43 victims (19 F) in Sihanoukville and 15 victims (9 F) in Siem Reap. The age range of the victims varied from 3 to 21 years of age. The social workers additionally gave social services to 87 vulnerable children and 75 vulnerable families.
- During the same period, APLE legal department handled 56 court cases concerning 77 offenders (11 F) and was working in and out of court with 31 victims (13 M/ 18 F). There were 9 successful convictions. The convicts are 5 Cambodians, 2 Britons, 1 American, and 1 Swiss. One of the Britons, the American and the Swiss perpetrators will be deported from the country after serving their sentence.
- On August 9 2012, APLE was elected by the 15 NGO partner organisations cooperating in the Sihanoukville NGO Advocacy Network(SNAN) to chair the Children Sub-committee for two years.
- On September 26, Sihanoukville Branch Project Officer Mr. Yi Moden participated in a conference themed “Fighting Human Trafficking – Liaison Officers Regional Cooperation in South East Asia”, organized by the Austrian Ministry of Interior in Bangkok. Among the speakers were the Department for International Affairs of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Interior, UNODC, APLE, the Australian Embassy, ECPAT, IOM, U.S ICE and several Thai Law Enforcement Agencies. The participants showed great interest in APLE’s cooperation with the Cambodian National Police and they praised APLE for its work and commitment in general and for the way it cooperates at national and international arenas.
- On September 26, A letter of intervention was sent to Minister of Justice, to request the Minister to intervene in the criminal case by Siem Reap Provincial Court against Dutch National S.R., who was acquitted of all charges of committing Indecent Act against 5 Minors under Fifteen Years. The intervention letter initiated by APLE was co-signed by 12 NGOs: Terre des Hommes – Netherlands, CWCC, COCD, KHEMARA, Krousar Thmey, Child Helpline Cambodia, Cambodia Acts, CLA, VFI, KAPE, VCOA, CWDA.
- In Jul-Sept, a total of 304 (vulnerable children, parents, local authorities and primary school students) participated in APLE education and training sessions conducted in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville to learn about characteristics of child sexual abuse, grooming trends and prevention of abuse.
- On September 27, APLE signed a funding agreement with the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok, who will support the ‘Combating Child Sexual Abuse’ project starting from September 2012 onwards, initially for the period of one year.
- On October 5, APLE was holding a meeting with 56 representatives from local and international partner NGOs in Siem Reap to present about the severe funding crisis APLE is facing and to seek out support from the participants.
Stories of a decade+ of NGO harassment
Postby Barkester » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:10 pm
Over the years my wife has been molested on the street and even at home by supposed NGOs. Some cast large nets and harassed many girls around town. Many of those reading will recognize the stories as they also have Asian girlfriends. Its been amazing the variety of methods used, making me wonder at the possibility of multiple groups. One thing in common is the questions asked. Do you have parents? How old are you? Is he your boyfriend? Etc. And they are all anonymous.
My best clue is most of them are french. Have you seen these people? Have they been harrassing your lady? Taking pictures? Even kidnapping?
Here are some of my stories.
Here at the barrio where we live, a group comes yearly and are in fact due very soon. The managers of the buildings here are easily intimidated by their official demeanor and numbers. Last time it was 6 early twenties girls and four men. They knock door-to-door through the flats interrogating only girls. They time it when most men will be working, mid-day. 2 unmarked white stepvans wait outside. Men from this group then loiter around the local markets, proposition the girls with $100 bills, take their pictures with powerful old-style cameras (non-digital), and further insult and molest them publicly, disappearing when the girls get near a tan suit policeman or significant other. They are all French. For the next week they are all over taking pictures of girls from afar and then harrassing them. They seem to favor riverside.
This picture taking is all the more intimidating to to it's similarity to groups that use such pictures later for getting orders (prepayment) to kidnap them for sale.
My belief is that most are volunteers for Pour Les Infants. However, they could be kidnappers. I'll need to interrogate one to be sure. This year I'm leaving orders with all the intimidated to call me immediately when they are seen. I know what the Khmer don't. Their legality. I've a plain-clothed policeman on my cell who I will call after grabbing one of these f#%kers. He/she will be accused of human trafficking and interrogated under Cambo law. If they really are NGO people, they will get out after a few days, but I'll have all the info needed for further and more direct action. They terrify my girl and many others and I'm bored, so a good fight is timely.
Long before I met my wife, she was a young Chinese-speaking school girl waiting for the school bus. A sedan pulled up and took her to an NGO, said she was on drugs, strapped her to a bed and drugged her. Only much later when she won them over did they allow her to go to an English school where she escaped back to Papa. Probably they were paid by the head and whose to take the word of a drug addict over the word of supposed professionals. A perfect scam as the victim is immediately defamed and thus not listened to and the drugs given on the bed insured they could prove it with blood tests. This NGO is long gone. It was in Toul Kork.
Another time, she was grabbed and sold to a brothel in Siem Reap, the mamasan long imprisoned now. She was older now and Papa had stars on his uniform, so she said she was a virgin to buy time while they looked for a special customer giving her time to get her hands on a phone to Papa. Hence the prison. My best guess is that girls of foreign blood are considered easier marks for both groups. Damn bad luck for them not all police are of Khmer blood, but their odds were good. Perhaps now you understand why we take such concern with picture takers and interogators
There is one full-time operative with at least a ten year history. You all see him. Always walking slowly in Lakeside, Riverside, 51, etc., interrogating girls with the same questions when he deems safe. And as much time as he spends at these places, he is never seen walking with anybody, much less taking a girl go. Probably, he is paid by the head for info. He's good. I've never seen him talk to any girl, yet all the girls have been talked to by him, my wife when I went to the W.C. His clothes are designed so as for him to not stand out. Shorts, sneakers, polo shirt, all old. He's over 2 meters tall with the build of a old gorilla. He's very black, but of mixed decent. Mostly Indian, but maybe part African. His nationality, though, is probably French. One friend (Indian,14 yrs. here) made the mistake of saying hello to him when I was with him and he got irate, screaming I was not to be told his work in a thick French accent pretty much confirming my suspicion.
Last time I was on foot downtown, he seemed in waiting for something, so I acted as to notice him and he wandered on. I followed slowly, casually. His slow pace (a anti-surveilance tactic) made me easy to notice after a couple blocks as nobody naturally walks that slow. He then doubled back into a cafe and pretended to be interested in the TV while checking my progress. He's quite professional. I had to continue or directly confront, which would serve no purpose. So, I went on my way with a little more info on his methods.
For harassing my girl, his pictures and dossier will be posted in a couple months and hopefully this A-hole will go home, his cover blown. Meanwhile, ask the girls about him and open your eyes as you sip beer at the usual spots. He'll be there walking very slowly by.
Mind you, if they did their jobs without repeatedly harassing my girl, I'd have no beef with them, but after years of harassment, I am forced to take pro-active measures. The Tao has taught me to achieve through non-doing (to do nothing) and so I am generally passive, but in this case non-doing achieves further harassment. Therefore I must act. Master Sun Tzu, one of the great Taoist thinkers, wrote The Art of War for the same reason. Many times in one's life inaction brings calamity. Had I acted the first year, my wife would have seen far less abuse and I genuinely care for her.
Sorry for the boring religious stuff, but you might say it was my major.
Anyway, such surveillance has probably led to our problems with the Khmer head-hunters. My wife and I are both legal residents, yet we find some acting as on differing information probably supplied by the former. Two head-hunters singled her out at Cham Chao market and near our house. One of them played the part of moto-dop though his dress was much too nice and he had a NGO card on his neck. She jumped off a fast moto into a pond when he went the wrong way. Later, the moto-dops who worked that spot said he'd been coming around just lately and they hadn't seen him since, though they do remember him doing the same every year or so. People in my neighborhood and my wife remembered seeing him and a friend dressed identically in black dress jackets and NGO badges, usually in shaded areas within sight of my place, before the kidnapping. Looked for months with no result. This was the time I decided inaction was inappropriate.
Since that time, more than a year ago, I have been quietly trying to gather the info to create a plan to make it clear to those holding and collecting info on my wife and I that I am extremely costly. If they are NGOs than they will lose face, man hours, anonymity and receive no payoff (bust) If they are kidnappers posing as NGOs things will go far worse.
In closing, head-hunters used by NGOs and others are paid by the head and count only the heads. Regardless of altruistic donaters and leaders and what they might tell them, they look for heads for money and like all businessmen, they attempt to maximize. They are parasites, vermin, vampires feeding on people. The modus of using head-hunters is the problem. Many of those in drug wards now learned how to do drugs there, fact.
Hope some NGOs and the big man read this. Leave us the f%#k alone. Come to us again, and its on. We're ready now.
“I don't want no peace. I want equal rights and justice” Bob Marley, not a f#%kin' hippy.
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The UK isn't Cambodia............., it's a hundred times worse !!
As you can read in the Article below the tool of alienating parents and children from the male population - usinge them as a moral shield for their own profitable business is not a speciality of UK NGO's but it might have originated there. This concept is used by all childprotection NGO's, but Sebastien Marot's ChildSafe, Maggie Eno's Mlop Tapang and of course Thierry Darnaudet's Action pour les Enfants (APLE) with great success. Here they have managed to cut deep into the Life of many Westerners which is their ultimate Scapegoat.
Monday 14 January 2013
Using children as a moral shield
Officials and charities that use children to front their moralistic campaigns are trying to shut down criticism and opposition.
The new TV campaign by child-protection group the NSPCC, launched in the UK today, urges people to report any concern that they might have about a child. Its exhortation – ‘Don’t wait until you are certain’ – is premised on the conviction that mistrusting adults is a healthy and enlightened orientation towards the world. The incitement to act is justified on the grounds that ‘all the time’ people ‘spend procrastinating’ – others might call it reflecting – a ‘child could be in real danger’. Welcome to the NSPCC’s world, a place where it is okay to exploit our fears and natural anxiety about children’s safety in order to encourage a disposition towards suspicion and mistrust.
It is not just the NSPCC that uses children as a moral weapon to promote its cause. Mention the word ‘child’ and people will listen. Raise the moral stakes by claiming that a ‘child is at risk’ and people will not just listen but endorse your demand that ‘something must be done’. For instance, campaigners against poverty understand that they are far more likely to gain sympathy for their cause by focusing attention on what is now called ‘child poverty’. It is as if abstract socio-economic injustices are simply not compelling enough on their own terms: they have to be recast as something afflicting children. Or take campaigners on Third World issues: they know that the very mention of ‘child labour’ or the ‘exploitation of children’ or ‘child soldiers’ or ‘starving children’ is far more likely to resonate with a Western public than calls for economic assistance. Or in education, a call for ‘child centred’ teaching will win you a standing ovation. As an acquaintance working in the charity sector remarked, ‘mention the word children, and the money rolls in’.
Children serve as a moral resource with which to promote policies and causes. Time and again, discussions about catastrophic threats like climate change take the form of appeals to ‘our children’s future’. This is how it works: a Guardian supplement called ‘Risk and Realities’, sponsored by the insurance group Zurich, pointed out the ‘shortening of odds on catastrophic and expensive environmental crisis in the UK’ before reminding readers of the hazards associated with the sun. It cited Paul Bettison, the chair of the Local Government Association’s Environment Board, stating: ‘our traditional reaction to a hot day is to let children enjoy the sun – but of course there’s now a skin cancer risk’. So suddenly a leap is made from climate change to a hot sunny day and a major threat to children. But that is not all. It is not sufficient to link up two separate perils – climate change and skin cancer. Bettison also reminds us of another twenty-first century horror, namely that of adults touching children. ‘Apart from the practicalities of a teacher smearing 30 children with factor 20 before playtime, there’s the other issue that we actually don’t encourage teachers to touch children’, notes Bettison. This is joined-up scaremongering at its best. Not one, but three hazards to worry about! An apocalyptic anxiety about human survival is reinforced by the message that sun tanning is more hazardous now than ever before, and it’s complicated by acts of physical contact between adults and children.
When Bettison linked the impact of global warming to an alleged higher risk of skin cancer, he knew that his aside about not encouraging teachers to apply sun cream on pupils would resonate with the cultural anxieties of our times. Alarmist fantasies about the dangers of the sun have become seamlessly entwined with the current dread around adult-child relations.
The tendency on the part of moral entrepreneurs, be they child-poverty campaigners or environmental activists, to hide behind the child and frame their message through the narrative of child protection is motivated by the recognition that it is a uniquely effective communication strategy. The cause of child protection enjoys formidable cultural support.
Indeed, the child has emerged as a very rare focus for moral consensus. As I argue elsewhere, in a world of existential and moral disorientation, the child serves as the main focus for both emotional and moral investment . The sacralisiation of the child means that those who speak ‘in the name of the child’ can benefit from the moral resources associated with children. At a time when society finds it difficult to express itself through the grammar of morality, and where disputes rage over what is right and wrong, the child represents a singular exemplar of moral unity. People may argue about whether gay marriage is right or wrong. They may dispute the legitimacy of assisted suicide, the right to abortion or the desirability of sex education. But all sides of the debate are unequivocally for the sacred child. That is also why paedophilia has emerged as most powerful symbol of evil in the contemporary era: it allows for a rare moment of moral consensus in morally uncertain times.
Using children as moral shield is now widely practised by policymakers and fear entrepreneurs. They understand that most adults find it difficult to raise doubts about numerous policies if these policies are promoted in terms of protecting children. Hence civil-rights campaigners against identity cards and the numerous attempts to expand government surveillance tend to lose their voice when children are brought into the discussion. So there was virtually no criticism prompted by the recent announcement by the Lib-Con health services minister, Dan Poulter, that, starting in 2015, all children who visit an accident and emergency (A&E) department in a hospital will be logged on a new national database set up to identify potential victims of abuse. It appears that when the word ‘child’ is mentioned then increased surveillance and the loss of doctor and patient confidentiality is okay. Similarly, campaigners who are usually vigilant about encroachment on civil liberties when it comes to new anti-terrorism laws have appeared indifferent to the vetting of millions of adults under different schemes designed to police those who work or come into contact with children.
Against the interest of children
Moral crusaders advocating more child-protection initiatives are so absorbed in their dogma that they have become indifferent to the damaging consequences of their action. Their zealous advocacy of policing adult-children interaction has led them to overlook the destructive consequences of their campaigns. For example, one supporter of the current NSPCC campaign, ‘Don’t Wait Until You Are Certain’, encourages people to act on their slightest suspicion, arguing that ‘it’s important people understand that if they are wrong, a family will not be separated because of their mistake’. She probably believes this erroneous statement. Yet all too often families are separated. And even more often, families discover that a false allegation can blight their lives for a very long time. The cavalier dismissal of any concern about the effect allegations have on families is one of the hallmarks of a movement that is devoted to saving children from their parents and from other adults.
As someone devoted to the welfare and flourishing of children, I have drawn the conclusion that the child-protection movement has unintentionally helped create a cultural climate that actually contradicts its aims. The most regrettable outcome of child-protection policies is that the promotion of mistrust has fostered a climate that is inhospitable to intergenerational encounters. It is no exaggeration to state that a growing number of adults feel awkward and confused when they are in close physical proximity to children whom they don’t know. Nor is this sense of unease confined to intergenerational interactions between strangers. Many teachers and nursery staff confide that they often feel self-conscious in their relationships with children in their care. They understand that frequently an unintended remark or a physical gesture can be easily misinterpreted by others and that they will be judged guilty until they can prove their innocence.
In the present climate, adults often feel uneasy about acting intuitively and naturally with children. Instead, they feel forced to weigh up whether, and how, to interact with a child they may have just encountered. Such calculated behaviour alters the quality of that interaction. It no longer represents an act that is founded on doing what a man or woman feels is right; it is an act that is influenced by calculations about how it will be interpreted by others and by an anxiety that the interaction should not be misconstrued.
Worse still, many adults have now decided that the best policy to adopt is to keep their distance from other people’s children. Such a course of action is motivated by the conviction that they should avoid putting themselves in situations where their actions can be misinterpreted. Arguably, the disengagement of many adults from the world of children represents a far greater danger than the threat posed by a thankfully tiny group of predators. The best guarantee of children’s safety is the exercise of adult responsibility towards the younger generation. It is when adults take it upon themselves to keep an eye on children—and not just simply their own—that youngsters can learn to feel genuinely safe.
Frank Furedi’s On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence is published by Continuum.
(1) See Zurich’ s supplement ‘Risks and Realities’ published in the Guardian, 11 July 2007
(2) See Paranoid Parenting, Frank Furedi, Continuum Press, 2008