"A HUGE paedophile trial opens in France today in which 66 adults - 27 of them women - will appear before a court in Angers charged with the rape and
abuse of 45 children aged between six months and 12 years.
At the centre of the scandal are 15 couples accused of prostituting their children in return for cigarettes, a few kilos of potatoes or a couple of
days’ camping. Some parents allegedly sold their children for modest sums of money which they spent in nightclubs.
The alleged abuse took place between June 1999 and February 2002 in garden sheds on allotments and in council flats in the Angers suburb of
Of the 66 accused, 39 are being held in custody. They are accused of "aggravated pimping" and "rape of minors under 15" and face up to 30 years in
jail if found guilty. The remaining 27 are charged with "sexual aggression" and "failure to denounce a crime" and risk jail sentences of up to ten
Several unidentified "clients" of the paedophile ring are still being sought. Police have already identified eight. They are not, as rumour had
suggested, important members of the community, but parents who disguised themselves so they would not be recognised by their own children.
The victims, whose evidence was filmed and will be presented on giant screens, say they were forced to watch pornographic films and their parents
having sex, before being raped.
The defence will stress that all the accused come from deprived backgrounds, many were unemployed, the majority are illiterate and all were looked at
by social services.
Most were also known to the police. "We knew them like the backs of our hands. The men were regular visitors to the court for sex crimes," said a
specialist in criminal law.
Only one mother, among the parents of the 45 victims, will look after her child during the case; the other parents are in the dock or no longer have
legal authority over their children.
The scale of the accusations has shocked the country, still reeling from the fiasco of the trial of 17 alleged paedophiles in Outreau in northern
France, last year. In that case, seven of the accused were eventually acquitted after a woman at the centre of the case admitted lying. All but one of
the acquitted were jailed for up to three years before the case collapsed."
So this is the 'enlightened" Europe preaching to America about human rights? How the death penalty for children is "barbaric"?
Organized rape of your own children is about as sick as it gets. Selling them for cigarettes?
How dare anyone from europe ever say another word about supposed "abuse" at Abu Graib.
If any place on earth needs the death penalty europe is it.