Britain’s Paedophile Island: Scandal and Survival on Pitcairn

The World Unreported

The story of the mutiny aboard William Bligh’s HMS Bounty is perhaps the most documented rebellion in naval history. Far-less known however is the story of what became of Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers. In their bid to evade capture by the Royal Navy, the mutineers stumbled across an isolated island in the expanse of the South Pacific – Pitcairn – where their descendants live to this day.

Supplied annually from New Zealand, the island has a population of around 50. There are no televisions or cars on Pitcairn, and the nearest airstrip is a three-day boat journey away. What may seem like a tranquil paradise is overshadowed by  230 years of violence, depopulation and sexual abuse.

Subsidised by taxpayers 14,500km away, this last outpost of the British Empire is a unique social experiment. One which reveals the perils of sustained generational isolation, as well as the ever-changing definition…

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