Fermanagh, victim of alleged child prostitution, sues in High Court

A woman who allegedly suffered years of sexual abuse while at a children’s home in Fermanagh has brought legal action against the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT), the chief constable of the PSNI and Care (NI) Ltd who managed home care.

The proceedings follow reports in The Impartial Reporter in 2019 that a gang of convicted criminals prostituted teenagers from a children’s home in Killadeas almost 20 years ago, bringing them to homes around Fermanagh and other parts of Northern Ireland, where it is claimed they were repeatedly drugged and raped by men.

Brindley House, which was run by Care (NI) Ltd., a private company, was a home designed to provide specialist care for young people with emotional and psychological needs when it opened in 2000.

“Laura” (pseudonym) first contacted The Impartial Reporter to allege that children like her were “prostituted to men by known criminals”.

His claims were backed up by two former Brindley employees, who say the allegations were reported to the Sperrin Lakeland Trust and the PSNI.

Laura went on to detail how they were offered alcohol and drugs before the situation escalated into homes where they were allegedly sexually abused by multiple men.

She claimed to have been raped three or four times.

The writ, which was lodged at the High Court in Belfast on Monday February 7, is an opportunity for Laura to hold those she claims to be responsible for the welfare of the Brindley House girls to account for their actions, he all those years ago.

“It’s the honest truth from God, and I’m not going to lie – it has affected my daily life and my whole life from my childhood until now,” she said.

“I need closure, and I need people to stand up and be responsible, because they had responsibility for us.”

The claim filed is for personal injury, loss and damage suffered due to “negligence and breach of statutory duty” by the three defendants.

But for Laura, it’s not about the money: “It’s my life, and for them to recognize that they were responsible for me when I was a child, and they turned a blind eye to what was passed.

“For me, it affected my life, and these people went on with their daily lives, and there were people who were really affected by it.

“I’m probably one of the lucky ones,” said Laura, who revealed a friend took her own life because of what happened.

Laura knows her search for closure will be long, but after almost 20 years of living with what happened, she just wants people to be held accountable.

“There isn’t a day that I don’t wake up and remember, or have no memory of the trauma that was caused to me.

“I just need them to stand up and say they have responsibility for young girls,” Laura added.

Contacted by The Impartial Reporter, the PSNI confirmed that the police chief had received legal correspondence regarding the matter, while a Western Trust spokesperson said: “In the interest of confidentiality, Western Health and Social Care Trust is unable to provide any comment or respond to the query. »

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