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A survivor of VIP sex abuse parties in the 1980s has revealed to Sky News the area of London where he says “part of him died”.
‘Michael’ was abused growing up in care in North Wales but he and other children were also taken on a minibus for weekend trips to Pimlico in central London in the early 1980s.
Over two years ago Michael spoke exclusively to Sky News about the abuse and described how it felt like a “privilege” to be taken to London.
His life growing up in a brutal care home system meant that the trips to the capital were seen as exciting and that children used to fight for a seat on the minibus.
He was just 11 or 12 when he was taken there to be raped.
Back on the streets of Pimlico three decades later, Michael said: “I was brought down these streets. Could be any of these streets. But this is where the flat was, this is where we were brought as kids.
“To us they were kind of good days out because we’d be taken into London afterwards and kind of spoilt.
“And we were kids from North Wales, we’d never seen London, or Regent’s Park zoo, or Hyde Park or Big Ben and all that stuff.
“And we had to put up with some nonsense that people did at night-time in a flat.”
Michael has described how the children were plied with alcohol, taken into bedrooms and forced into sexual acts with various older men who he described as “Hooray Henrys”.
He said: “It’ll be covered up because MPs were involved, you know.
“Ministers were involved, Cabinet ministers. I know they were. I haven’t exactly followed their careers. They’ve always been in the public eye.”
Three years after he first spoke to Sky News, Michael has seen other survivors come forward with similar allegations.
He’s seen the first conviction in the police-led re-examination of the north Wales care home scandal, and he’s seen politicians consistently vowing to uncover the truth.
He is, though, disillusioned: “I just feel that as many people are coming forward, as many drop out, and I’ve got no faith in the Home Office or the Government to protect us, you know, the victims.
“This’ll just be another story and that’s sad you know.
“It should come out, because the people that did this to me, they’re still walking around. Maybe round here. Maybe they live here.”
Michael has been interviewed by police officers investigating claims of sexual abuse in London.
He travelled with officers to Pimlico to identify the property where he says the parties took place but has had to pull out of the police process due to his health problems.
He knows other survivors who have since died or in some cases have taken their own lives.
Travelling back to Pimlico was a difficult process but Michael wanted to speak out on camera to remind people that the truth still has not been uncovered and that the abusers still have not been arrested.
Michael, who is receiving some professional support, added: “Part of me died here. Definitely. We shouldn’t have been brought here, and made to do the things we did.
“In a perfect world they’d be caught with fingerprints or CCTV, but it’s going to be my word against theirs, and they’re going to win hands down.
“But they won’t even be arrested – they won’t even be arrested.”