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    UK - Child sacrifice ring feared- LONDON

    LONDON, England (Reuters) -- British police fear African children are being trafficked to the UK to be sacrificed in witchcraft rituals, the BBC reported on Thursday, citing an unpublished Scotland Yard study.

    The Metropolitan Police confirmed they had conducted research with London's African and Asian communities, aimed at reducing the risk of child abuse, for a report to be published later this month.

    Police said they spent 10 months running workshops in east London with local Asian and African communities debating issues such as female genital mutilation, forced marriage and faith-related child abuse.

    The BBC said the report's most chilling findings came from London's African community, with allegations of witchcraft rituals being practiced in African churches.

    "People who are desperate will seek out witchcraft experts to cast spells for them," the study said, according to the BBC.

    "Members of the workshops state that for a spell to be powerful it required a sacrifice involving a male child unblemished by circumcision.

    "They allege the boy children are being trafficked into the UK for this purpose," the BBC quoted the study as saying.

    The BBC said the report says children could also be being brought to Britain as domestic and sex slaves.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/eu...eut/index.html

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    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/a...8071?version=1

    Boys from Africa are being murdered as human sacrif ices in London churches.
    They are brought into the capital to be offered up in rituals by fundamentalist Christian sects, according to a shocking report by Scotland Yard
    Police believe such boys are trafficked from cities such as Kinshasa where they can be bought for a little as 10.


    The report, leaked ahead of its publication next month, also cites examples of African children being tortured and killed after being identified as "witches" by church pastors.

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    the more I read the more I'm heartbroken.
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    The report was put together by an expert social worker and lawyer for the Met after talking to hundreds of people in African communities in a series of workshops. It uncovered allegations of witchcraft spells, child trafficking and HIV-positive people who believe that by having sex with a child they will be "cleansed".
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    Last month Scotland Yard revealed it had traced just two out of 300 black boys aged four to seven reported missing from London schools in a three-month period.

    The true figure for missing boys and girls is feared to be several thousand a year. The scale of the problem emerged through the murder inquiry following the discovery of a child's torso in the Thames in September 2001. The identity of the victim, named Adam by police, is not known but his background was traced to Nigeria. It is believed he died in a ritual sacrifice.

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    This is Not Witchcraft!

    Please understand that sacrifice of any kind other then offering plants to the God and Goddess are not practiced in Witchcraft. There are some twisted beliefs out there among indivduals, but it is not a part of Witchcraft. You are suppose to harm none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious1
    Please understand that sacrifice of any kind other then offering plants to the God and Goddess are not practiced in Witchcraft. There are some twisted beliefs out there among indivduals, but it is not a part of Witchcraft. You are suppose to harm none.
    The other thing I noticed is that the witches I know practice paganism, which I believe is what you may be vaguely referring to. But in the articles, it states that the sacrifices are being carried out by "fundamentalist Christian sects". I'm curious if these sects truely believe themselves to be witches, or if "witchcraft" is simply the label that the press or authorities have chosen to use . . . maybe for lack of a better term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyGraffix@mac.com
    The other thing I noticed is that the witches I know practice paganism, which I believe is what you may be vaguely referring to. But in the articles, it states that the sacrifices are being carried out by "fundamentalist Christian sects". I'm curious if these sects truely believe themselves to be witches, or if "witchcraft" is simply the label that the press or authorities have chosen to use . . . maybe for lack of a better term.
    Some people like to call themselves 'witches' just to be different and becuase they or ignorant to what it really means. My guess on this though would be that it is probably something the press or authorities have chosen out of their own ignorance. You would think in this day and time with all the info available out there that people would take the time to educate themselves about a 'religion' that has been around as long as mankind. From the first time that somone looked up at the moon and realized that by taking note of the phases of the moon and sun you could learn when to plant and when to harvest, 'paganism' was born and has evolved through the centuries. Okay, stepping off my soapbox now.

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    Oh, one more thing. I was vague, because paganism takes on so many forms and Witchcraft is one of the oldest with Wicca being relatively new. It is impossible to say this is true and that is true in paganism.

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    The practice of "witch" craft in Africa can range from getting revenge on a neighbor to healing a sickness. I can't square fundamentalist Christians with sacrifice -- not sure if they mean withIN the AFrican community or what --
    wish there was more information and less sensationalism -- what a hideous story...
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