19 February 2020

Thousands of pedophiles change names to work at school

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Official figures indicate around 500 people are arrested in connection to sexual interest in children in the UK on average every month – although National Crime Agency chiefs have warned 144,000 accounts on child sex abuse websites on the dark web have been found linked to British citizens. reports citing foreign media that around 1,300 pedophiles and sex abusers in the UK have changed their names in the past three years, with hundreds able to do so even while in prison, Safeguarding Alliance has claimed.

The children’s charity fears this could amount to an exploitable loophole, allowing pedophiles to “disappear” into society for a mere £15 - even though they must inform police of the switch.

“We’re shocked at this, it is putting children at significant risk. How many convicted sex offenders are currently working in schools or organizations where there are children and have notified a change of name? We believe this figure is higher because the numbers given to us had notified a change of name. The issue is how many have not notified a change of name,” Emily Konstantis of Safeguardian Alliance said.

2019.10.08 / 19:12
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