Four boys removed from orphanage in abuse probe

Four boys removed from orphanage in abuse probe

Deputy Minister for Social Affairs Domna Michailidou on Thursday confirmed that four boys between the ages of 7 and 11 have been removed from an Athens orphanage and are being evaluated by experts following a complaint of sexual abuse from staff members.

Speaking to ANT1 TV, the deputy minister said that she had filed a request for an official investigation with the Athens Prosecutor’s Office and frozen state funding to the institution after receiving a written complain from three people with ties to the orphanage, claiming that boys aged 7 to 11 were being forced by female staff members to perform sexual and violent acts on each other.

She said that a team of experts was sent to the unnamed orphanage on Wednesday to examine the children at the facility, adding that four boys have been put in the care of a hospital while the investigation continues.

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