In March 1988, a Catholic priest from Surrey was arrested for his part in a paedophile network linking France, Spain, and Britain. Some of the children who were sexually abused in the videos that were seized by police were “British children on missing-from-home files”.
Reading between the lines, the children who were abused were likely to have been taken from the UK ‘care’ system and trafficked to Europe.
The priest was sentenced the following month. His punishment? A one-month suspended sentence.
Network paedophiles have been treated very well by the UK justice system. Even when the police and social services overcame the obstacles placed in their way and were allowed to investigate, more often than not the outcome would be an insult to the victims. And the tradition continues to this day, with paedophiles like Graham Ovenden given suspended sentences for sexually abusing young children. This must change – sentencing for ‘historical’ offences should take into account how many years the perpetrator got away with it, and how many years the victims have had to wait for justice.
Daily Express, 22nd March 1988