Where has the idea come from that small (British) children in bathing suits are sexual beings? Why are UK parents obsessed with the idea that people are trying to take photographs of their children for sexual purposes?
The fear and hysteria around paedophilia stirred up by people like former head of CEOP Jim Gamble, make the UK look like a nation of paranoid weirdos. Most holidaymakers, foreigners too, have cameras with them to take pictures of their holiday and their kids and their reasons for carrying them are no different to their British counterparts.
The case of missing Madeleine McCann and the UK's Mainstream Media's desperation to find a foreign paedophile to take the rap, encourages badly behaved Brits abroad to fill their boots. A 'heroic' Brit punches a Bulgarian for taking pictures of kids, and chief vigilante Jim Gamble steps forward to validate the brave man's actions. Every swarthy foreigner is a paedophile unless proven otherwise.
It is a nothing story of course, there was no gang of human traffickers, nor any attempt to abduct children. But these badly behaved Brits abroad gave the UK Mainstream media several days of sensational headlines that supported the British myth that all adult men, especially foreign ones (and some women) want to have sex with children.
Schools in the UK now prohibit photographing or videoing children (even your own) when they put on plays and pageants. The assumption being, that everyone with a camera has perverse motives. Parents accept that 'everyone is a suspect' (themselves included) without question and many have a bag of stones at the ready in case they hear the click of a camera where they shouldn't be one.
Others are demanding that lone adults shouldn't be allowed to visit parks or public places where children are playing. A lone poet taking the time to stand and stare would be hung from the nearest tree before JG could say 'he's a pervert, so he is'.
So what is the truth behind this latest 'foreign paedophiles stalking kids like Maddie' story. During the afternoon, a friendly Bulgarian momentarily put his arm around a 7 year old British boy. By the evening, the British contingent had built a story of men taking photographs of kids and a cunning plan to abduct 3 (British) children. All the (drunken) allegations were checked out by the police and none of the Chinese whispers had any foundation whatsoever. The friendly Bulgarian the hero punched and the angry mob pounced on, had NO photographs of children on his camera and there was absolutely nothing to suggest he was part of gang trafficking British kids.
It truly saddens me to see this era of fear and paranoia. Fear and paranoia that has been artificially created by our wannabe protectors. The truth is, the majority of people (worldwide) see kids as kids! Sometimes cute, sometimes irritating and unless they are their own, they prefer them in small doses. I feel desperately sorry for today's kids, they are being sexualised by the people who are supposed to be protecting them. Their natural childhood sense of awe and wonderment is being suppressed by the irrational fears of the adults around them. The world is out to get them just as much as it is their fearful parents.
I doubt for one second that the 7 year old boy saw the friendly hug from a stranger as anything other than a friendly hug, but I doubt he will ever think that again.