Catholic Church New Zealand
The Catholic Church has confirmed it is investigating claims children from a Wellington boys’ home were prostituted out to Church officials.
It is also calling on anyone with personal information on the matter to come forward and speak to them.
The allegations were made at a Royal Commission of Inquiry hearing on Tuesday by Keith Wiffin, a former ward of the state who lived at Epuni Boys’ Home in Lower Hutt in the 1970s.
A victim of sexual abuse at the home when he was 11 Wiffin, now 61, said he never personally experienced the practice himself, but had learnt the Church was investigating the claims.