margot parker, compensate, children, 'sent abroad''
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MARGOT Parker MEP has backed a report which said former child migrants who were exposed to sexual violence and other threats during an overseas settlement policy should be offered compensation by the Government.
The report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse criticised the Government for the policy of child migration and recommended all child migrants are compensated.
Mrs Parker, MEP for Nottinghamshire, praised the work of county activist Margaret Humphreys.
She set up the Child Migrants Trust 30 years ago to campaign for increased awareness and financial compensation for victims.
The Trust focused on child migration programmes which saw thousands of children sent to countries including Australia and New Zealand, partly to save money on care costs.
The inquiry found successive governments "failed to ensure that there were in place sufficient measures to protect children from sexual abuse".
Mrs Parker said: "This report is crucial as it sets out UK governments were responsible for the terrible situations many young people found themselves in the years after 1945.
"I understand there are about 2,000 of these migrants still with us - the report recommends they receive compensation and I fully endorse that.
"It is too late for many victims - this compensation should be paid out promptly. It is only fair and proper quick action is taken."
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