Mental health workers say Australia knew of refugee child abuse

April 7, 2015 6:40 AM

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - A group of psychiatrists and social workers formerly employed at an Australian offshore immigration detention center publicly accused the government on Tuesday of failing to act over systemic child sexual abuse at the controversial facility.

More than two dozen people who worked at the camp in the Pacific island nation of Nauru said in an open letter published by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that the government knew of a string of allegations as early as 2013 but did nothing.

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