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Ex-PM Gordon Brown tells of child migrant scheme shock

By Shaun Connolly

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has described the forced migration of children as a bigger sex abuse scandal than that perpetrated by Jimmy Savile.

Giving evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Brown said the mass transportation of 130,000 British children overseas amounted to "Government-enforced trafficking".

"This seems to me as probably the biggest national sex abuse scandal," he said.

"Bigger than what people have alleged about Savile. Bigger than what people have alleged about individual children's homes. Bigger in scale, bigger in geographical spread and bigger in the length of time that went on undetected. I'm shocked about the information that I have seen."

Mr Brown, who issued a national apology to migrants in 2010, told the inquiry that a Government minister should be "hauled" before it to explain why nothing has been done over new evidence of abuse.

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