In the decades after World War II, some 10,000 British children were separated from their families and exiled to Australia, where many were physically and sexually abused and some were put to work in what were effectively child labor camps. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who has already apologized for his nation’s treatment of its native people, will officially say sorry to these immigrants Monday. The British government, meanwhile, has outraged the founder of the Child Migrants Trust by letting Australia beat it to the punch.

The benefits of the migration policy were thought to be twofold. The British government would spend less on the care of the children while Australia would get “good white stock” to fill up the continent.

The BBC recounts the abuse suffered by one of the victims. We can only hope it didn’t reflect what happened in the rest of the cases. — PZS


In testimony before a British parliamentary committee in the late 1990s, one boy spoke of the criminal abuse he was subjected at the hands of Catholic priests at Tardun in Western Australia.

A number of Christian brothers competed between themselves to see who could rape him 100 times first, the boy said.

They liked his blue eyes, so he repeatedly beat himself in the hope they would change colour.

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