This post is to highlight the #abuse of #children and its connection to boats, yachts, ships, narrow boats and sometimes water related activities.
Abuse happens on various types of boats from narrow boats used as houseboats on canals to sea going yachts. Boats of course have advantages for abusers. They can be a venue for abuse with the captain having almost absolute power over his crew.
Boats are also means of transport – which can be used for carriage of pornographic books, tapes, images or even children and boats can cross more easily across borders without going through customs.
Boats are away from immediate interference of police, or authorities. Indeed it is often confusing which authorities even have jurisdiction if any or supervisory capacity over children. International waters, children from several countries, holidays in a private capacity are complicating factors. In the Azimuth Trust case the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Social Services Inspectorate had to be called upon, whereas it would normally be a local authority or #Child Protection Authority.
Boats can also be a means of dispose of bodies of victims.
Author: Cathy Fox
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