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Resource ID: #16208
Subject: Children
Source: CBS News
Date: 1999-09-07



CBS News reports "The story begins in Britain directly after World War II. Battered and poor, Britain embarked on a scheme to clear out its overflowing children's homes. By the thousands, children as young as three were ... shipped halfway across the world to Australia to start a 'new life' with new families. All of these children were told their parents were dead... The children, none older than 15, arrived with no birth certificates, no passports and no families waiting to take them in. Many were condemned to childhoods of virtual slave labor in institutions run by religious orders. Some of the boys were sexually abused.... They weren't orphans at all. Most had families back in Britain who never know what had become of their children and had been lied to by authorities..."

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