The Rohingya children trafficked for sex

The Rohingya children trafficked for sex

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Media caption’Boys raped me’ – Rohingya child trafficked for sex Girls in their early teens are being trafficked into prostitution in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, a BBC News investigation has found. Foreigners seeking sex can easily gain access to children who have fled conflict in Myanmar and now face a new threat.

Anwara is 14. Fleeing Myanmar after her family were killed she searched for help on the road to Bangladesh.

"Women came with a van. They asked me, if I’d go with them."

After accepting their help, she was bundled into a car, with the promise of safe passage to a new life. Instead she was taken to the nearest city, Cox’s Bazar.

"Not long after that they brought two boys to me. They showed me a knife and punched me in my tummy and beat me because I wasn’t co-operating. Then the boys raped me. I wasn’t willing to have sex but they kept going."Tales of trafficking in the nearby refugee camps are rife. Women and children are the main victims, lured out of […]

Two thirds of firms yet to publish gender pay gap data

Two thirds of firms yet to publish gender pay gap data

Time’s almost up for the UK’s biggest companies to publish their gender pay gap, but so far only a third have done so.

Two weeks before the deadline, more than 6,000 companies have not disclosed the average difference between what they pay male and female employees.

Noncompliant companies face legal action, the government has warned.

The CBI says it’s difficult for some firms to compile the data, and that smaller companies need more support.

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Type in a company name below What happens to companies that don’t publish? The European Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says it will be "fully enforcing" the pay gap legislation and will write to companies that do not report by the deadline.Firms could face an unlimited fine if they continue to fail to publish the figures. What is the gender pay gap? Equality campaign group the Fawcett Society said it should be easier for the EHRC to use its powers."Government must make the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s enforcement powers stronger by changing the law," Fawcett Society chief executive Sam Smethers said.The EHRC should have civil enforcement […]

Coronation Street: The story behind David Platt’s rape

Coronation Street: The story behind David Platt's rape

David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) and Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) This week Coronation Street aired its first male rape storyline, proving to be one of its most controversial topics to date.

The scenes, which see newcomer Josh Tucker drug and sexually assault hairdresser David Platt, have generated over 100 complaints to Ofcom.

It has also caused a debate on social media about the place of difficult real-life issues on light entertainment programmes.

David’s storyline has gone some way to highlight how seriously soaps take issue-based storylines and how much work goes into them.

Ryan Clayton – who plays Josh – tells the BBC he "can’t stress the importance enough" of why stories like this need to be aired and brought to a wider audience.

"The great thing, with whatever soap is covering it, is you’ve got millions of people tuning into a programme," he says. The two characters bonded after Josh invited David to take part in a charity boxing match The story of male rape is not new to soaps and Hollyoaks was the first to cover it – first in 2000 with Luke Morgan and in 2015 with John Paul McQueen.Clayton says the reason the David Platt story has caused such a […]

Newspaper headlines: Facebook faces questions and Syria bomb claims

Newspaper headlines: Facebook faces questions and Syria bomb claims

Social media giant Facebook will face fresh questions from regulators after allegations that Cambridge Analytica – which worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign – obtained the data of more than 50 million users, the Financial Times reports. It comes after undercover filming led to the suspension of the company’s chief executive Alexander Nix. The Guardian also leads with ongoing allegations against Cambridge Analytica, which includes accusations that senior executives bragged about playing a key role in getting Donald Trump to the White House. Alexander Nix is alleged to have boasted about meeting Mr Trump "many times", and another senior member of staff said the firm was behind the slogan "defeat crooked Hillary". The i’s front page is dominated by a picture of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has been called to give evidence to a parliamentary committee after the latest Cambridge Analytica allegations. A British surgeon who gave remote instructions on how to carry out operations in Aleppo via Skype believes his computer was targeted by hackers, leading to an underground Syrian hospital being bombed, the Daily Telegraph reports. David Nott thinks his computer was hacked after he sent footage to the BBC. Weeks later the M10 underground […]

Facebook data row: Cambridge Analytica academic a ‘scapegoat’

Facebook data row: Cambridge Analytica academic a 'scapegoat'

An academic who created an app which harvested data from 50 million users says he has been made "a scapegoat" for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.

Dr Aleksandr Kogan completed work for Cambridge Analytica in 2014, but said he had no idea the data would be used for Donald Trump’s election campaign.

The psychology academic told the BBC he wanted the data so he could model human behaviour through social media.

Facebook says Dr Kogan violated the site’s policies.

The Cambridge University researcher developed a personality survey called This is Your Digital Life.

About 270,000 users’ data was collected, but the app also collected some public data from users’ friends.Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie said that, as a result, the data of about 50 million users was harvested for the analysis firm.Both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook deny any wrongdoing. The story so far How to protect your Facebook data Facebook’s biggest challenge yet Dr Kogan told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he was "stunned" by the allegations made against him as he was advised the app was entirely legal.He said: "The events of the past week have been a total shell shock, and my view is that I’m being basically used […]

Mothercare Appoints KPMG For Crunch Talks With Banks

Mothercare Appoints KPMG For Crunch Talks With Banks

Retail chain Mothercare has appointed KPMG to advise on a refinancing of the firm as it holds crunch talks with lenders, it has emerged.

The group – whose shares slumped 14% on Monday – has called in KPMG to help it secure waivers to its financial covenants as it looks at “additional sources of financing”.

Details of the appointment come amid mounting speculation that it may yet breach the terms of its banking agreements.

Mothercare’s lenders include HSBC and Barclays.

The group has been hammered on the stock market after warning over profits twice since the start of the year and revealing that talks with its banks were under way.

On the KMPG appointment, Mothercare said: “We are working with our financing partners with respect to our financing needs for full-year 2019 and beyond.“We are also exploring additional sources of financing to support and maintain the momentum of our transformation programme.“All of these discussions are ongoing and we will update the market on developments as required.”Carpetright also suffered hefty share losses on Monday after it emerged the embattled flooring firm was considering a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) that would allow it to jettison loss-making stores. New Look is braced for store closures and job […]

Jennie Formby Named As New Labour Party General Secretary

Jennie Formby Named As New Labour Party General Secretary

A union official has been appointed Labour’s new general secretary, becoming only the second woman to hold the post.

Jennie Formby, South East regional secretary of Unite, was chosen by Labour’s national executive ahead of her only rival for the job – Christine Blower, former leader of the National Union of Teachers.

The job became vacant after the resignation last month of Iain McNicol, who said he was standing down to pursue new challenges after serving for a “tumultuous seven years”.

Ms Formby has been a Labour Party member for 40 years and has served on the national executive for the past seven years. Ms Formby with the man she will succeed, Ian McNicol (Stefan Rousseau/PA) Jennie Formby said: “I am honoured to be appointed Labour’s new general secretary. I would like to thank my predecessor, Iain McNicol, for his tireless dedication to the party over the past seven years.

“Last year’s general election showed the strength of our movement when we are united, challenging this Government’s failed and damaging policies and campaigning for real change, in the interests of communities across the UK.

“Labour is preparing for government and I look forward to working with Jeremy Corbyn, our party’s staff, Members of Parliament, […]

MSPs Pass ‘Landmark’ Scottish Forestry Bill

MSPs Pass ‘Landmark’ Scottish Forestry Bill

Opposition MSPs have united to block plans to bring forestry under the direct control of the Scottish Government.

While Holyrood approved landmark legislation devolving control of the sector – which is worth almost £1 billion a year to Scotland – they also backed Labour amendments requiring ministers to set up a single agency or two agencies to take over the work of the Forestry Commission.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said while this was not the approach he favoured he accepted that “Parliament has legislated for ministers to establish two Scottish Government executive agencies to deliver their functions”.

Conservative MSP Peter Chapman had stated: “We did not want to see the Scottish Government take all of these functions into central government.”

He added that the amendments made to the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill would ensure that “all agencies remain outwith government and at arms length”. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing (Andrew Milligan/PA) Meanwhile Labour’s Colin Smyth said it had been “vital” to change the Bill to “address the concerns of key stakeholders who fear that taking powers currently with the Forestry Commission and passing them to a government department was simply more centralisation”.

Mr Smyth added: “It was also clear that SNP […]

Event celebrates LGBT Pride at Lowestoft school

Event celebrates LGBT Pride at Lowestoft school

Students chat to LGBT+ support organisations at Ormiston Denes Academy’s Pride Event. PICTURE: Julie Mayo Ormiston Denes Academy celebrated LGBTQ+ people with their second annual Pride event.

The LGBT+ flag flies at Ormiston Denes Academy. PICTURE: Julie Mayo The event at the Lowestoft school on Friday, March 16, was organised by students of the school and was supported by local support services for young people, offering advice, information and support to all of the academy’s students.

Organisations and institutions in attendance included Norfolk LGBTQ+, Terrence Higgins Trust, Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind, Lowestoft Sixth Form College, East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum, UEA Mentoring and One Life Suffolk.

The day included a raffle which saw individuals winning prizes donated by the community including the star prize of a ‘Brick’ bluetooth speaker, donated by Hughes Electrical.

The Pride event followed two other events at the school last week including a spelling bee and a visit from a group of Polish students. The winners of the Ormiston Denes Academy Primary School Spelling Bee. PICTURE: Julie Mayo The spelling bee, on Monday, March 12, saw primary school pupils from across the region take part in heats and finals, with students […]