The chief executive of a youth charity set up by Prince Charles has told a UK inquiry she is “deeply sorry” for the s*xual abuse of child migrants sent to Australian farm schools.
Dame Martina Milburn told the inquiry on Wednesday the Prince’s Trust had in 2012 absorbed the Fairbridge Society – a former child migrant charity at the centre of multiple accusations of child s*xual abuse.
The UK’s Independent Inquiry into Child s*x Abuse is examining the abuse of child migrants sent from the UK to Australia from the 1940s to 1970 into the care of church and charity groups.
More than 3000 of nearly 7000 sent to Australia ended up in Fairbridge farm schools.
In May the inquiry heard that many Fairbridge children were s*xually abused as well as being regularly beaten and humiliated, poorly fed and clothed and used as virtual slave labour on farms.
Dame Martina on Wednesday expressed her “horror and sadness” at hearing the stories of Fairfield child migrants who were abused.
She said the Prince’s Trust in its merger with the Fairbridge Society had “not been told the full truth of what was happening around the child migrants”.
Source: 9news com au
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