Scots children ‘were filmed in snuff movies’

Break the Silence said that 'horrific things are happening' to children in Scotland. Picture (posed by model): TSPL
Break the Silence said that 'horrific things are happening' to children in Scotland. Picture (posed by model): TSPL
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TWO leading charities have claimed that children in Scotland have been filmed being murdered by paedophiles in what are known as ‘snuff movies’.

Kilmarnock-based childhood abuse charity Break the Silence and Izzy’s Promise, of Dundee, have claimed that ‘horrific things are happening’ and that they ‘can’t see it ever stopping’.

Kate Short, founder of Break the Silence, told the Scottish Sunday Express: “In the worst cases (people) have been forced to watch the making of snuff movies. It’s the extreme, barbaric type of terror that can lead to serious personal disorder.”

Ms Short said that siblings were made to have sex with each other and that animals were also involved, adding: “This is something that has been going on forever and I can’t see it ever stopping.”

Project co-ordinator for Izzy’s Promise Joseph Lumbasi added: “Eighty per cent of people who contact us are brought up right here in Scotland. Children are born that are never registered. There is pornography, sick films. Horrific things are happening and nobody is getting caught.

“We’ve dealt with people have been involved in gang rape ceremonies, animal slaughters and all sorts of things in secret places.

“People who talk to use are relating us their experiences from when they were maybejust eight, nine or 10 - kids, really.”

The Scotland on Sunday revealed today that a public inquiry into historical child abuse in Scotland was being prepared by the Scottish Government, with ministers looking at creating a high-profile investigation into allegations of abuse carried out at care homes, educational institutions, by religious orders and leading members of the Scottish establishment.

Education secretary Michael Russell is due to address Holyrood on child protection and will cover the issue of historical abuse in Scotland.

Although his statement is not thought to include an official announcement of a public inquiry, the Scotland on Sunday understands that ministers and officials are working behind the scenes to set up an inquiry in the coming months.

Police Scotland have said that it takes all allegations of abuse ‘incredibly seriously’, with a spokesman adding: “If anyone has any concerns they should contact us on 101.”