Monday, August 10, 2015

Pakistan child sex abuse scandal: Hundreds of children filmed being sexually abused in the Punjab

(IBT) Officials in the Pakistani state of Punjab have called for a judicial inquiry to be launched, after 400 video recordings were found showing more than 280 children being sexually abused.

In what may be the worst child sexual abuse scandal in the country's history, thousands of copies of the videos are believed to have been sold from Hussain Khanwala village in Kasur district, for as little as 50 Rupees (£0.31).

In some cases, the tapes were used to blackmail victims' parents, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported.

In many of the videos the victims were forced to abuse each other, with most of them under 14, and one boy six years old, police chief Rai Babar Saeed, district police chief of Kasur told reporters.

He said that one recording showed a 14-year-old boy sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl, and one victim was injected in the spine with a drug before being assaulted.

"Those involved in the case will be severely punished. They will not be able to escape their fate. The affected families will be provided with justice at any cost," Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif said.