child abuse, child abuse by Roman Catholic church, child labour exploitation, corruption, forced adoption, forced labour, imprisonment without crime, institutional abuse, Ireland, Irish Free State, Magdalene Laundries, Profiteering, slavery, worked to death
Racism in the USA has always been a contentious political and social issue, well publicised and always in public view.
But the persecution of juvenile women in the Irish Free State, was carried on for decades, concealed by the Roman Catholic church, with the active complicity of the state authorities, and in a country with a small rural population where everyone knows everybody and everything that is going on, was regarded as a non-issue by the general populace.
Young women were under-nourished, over-worked and when they got ill had no resources to fight infection. Some died as a result. How was it possible in a democratic country in the 20th century to get away with imprisoning innocent people without trial and treating them like slaves?
It has taken decades for the survivors to start to speak out about their experiences.
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