The Paedophile Information Exchange, a movement set up in the 1970’s to promote sexual activity between minors and adults could hold the key to unlocking controversial allegations about a VIP paedophile ring. It could also give the nation’s Statutory Inquiry Into Child Abuse a foothold on the scale and extent of child sexual exploitation within government.

PIE, as it was known, was as notorious for its open stance on overtly sexual relationships with children, as it was for its membership. High profile politicians and peers have all been linked to the movement, which was disbanded ten years after its inception. But claims now surfacing about abuse in the 70’s and 80’s by politicians and Lords in Westminster raise fresh questions about PIE and its involvement with an alleged VIP paedophile ring.

If we were chairing the nation’s inquiry into child sexual abuse, this is certainly where we would start our investigation in relation to potential abuses within government. And we would look to PIE’s membership to find out more.

The internet is teeming with information on PIE’s members, both established and suspected.  Street Democracy has a long, and lurid list of confirmed and possible members, many of whom worked in academia, or advised the government on child welfare issues. Brynalyn Victims has an updated list which also focuses on areas in the United Kingdom where child abuse appears to be most acute. There are also forums where people gather and discuss abuse at the hands of PIE – all materials the Inquiry should be scanning and analysing to mobilise their investigation.

What is startling about these sites is that they do not just detail PIE’s monstrous membership. They also bring together victims of abuse who talk about their experiences, where they occurred and whom they were abused by. Cynics will be quick to point out that until proven otherwise, sentiments on sites like these are nothing more than allegations, but the culture surrounding victims is an oppressive one and many can only air genuine abuses online, historically ignored and marginalised by society as they have been. Those allegations which are false, will be a small minority nestled amongst the truly appalling truths survivors are sharing. The sites also hold newspaper clippings highlighting the amount of indecent material PIE members held in their homes. And whilst much of this material may be gone by now, some may remain and by implication offer a rich source of information for any inquiry attempting to discover the truth about high-profile child abuse in Britain.

PIE members have always maintained that their movement was pure, liberated and progressive and that children needed sexual stimulation from a young age. This was not a movement campaigning for mature 15 year olds to be able to engage in relationships with young men – when surveyed, PIE members’ truly grotesque preferences were laid bare: most were attracted to girls aged 8–11 and boys aged 11–15. 

Their magazine, MagPIE, available online for reading, attempts to intellectualise sexual activity between adults and children, without any attempt at demonstrating that children feel comfortable with the concept. It is a one way conversation. The publication confuses homosexuality with child sexual exploitation and tries to bolster the latter, using the former. It is a disgraceful exercise in the legitimisation of child abuse.

Here is an extract from the magazine:

You show me yours…
Remember playing Doctors ? As kids, most of us discover this marvelous excuse for touching and exploring another human body. The work of many social scientists and researchers have uncovered an abundance of early sexual experience – in sharp contrast to the common disclaimers from parents and teachers alike that the years before puberty are not sexual, not REALLY.
Statements about children being uninterested in sex are becoming less and less credible. The belief that preadolescence represents a period of sexual latency or inactivity is being rejected along with several other Freudian teachings. In their place we find a new understanding of sexual development as a lifelong process that begins at birth.

And here is one member’s encounter with a young boy of around 12:

Keith Spence
I met him at the local swimming-pool. He was by himself, practising jumping feet-first off the spring-board with a single-mindedness that suggested Olympic training. 1 guessed he was about twelve years-old – his long, coltish body was still softened by the last traces of puppy-fat, but the way he stood and moved showed that he was growing up fast. He had silver-birch-blonde hair dropping to his shoulders, and grey eyes that sparkled when he laughed. And freckles. I’m kinky for freckles. He was absolutely my kind of kid.
For half-an-hour we jumped, dived, splashed, wrestled, ducked, bombed, and generally behaved in a thoroughly irresponsible fashion: and all without speaking a word. But finally, when we had dried and changed. I decided that the time had come to put our friendship onto a more regular basis.
“Do you want a coke?” I asked.
“Ferlot?” he said. “Vad sayer du?”
“A coke” I said, pantomiming desperately. “To drink. Do you want? Do you speak English?”
“Ferlot” he repeated, “jag forstor inte. Nu maste jag go. Hcj-do”. And he grinned maddeningly, waved once, and was gone.
If you think England is frustrating for paedophiles, you should try living in Sweden for a bit.

The nation’s inquiry has been tasked with looking at child abuse from the 1940’s to the present day. PIE’s activity spanned the 70’s and the 80’s (and perhaps even the 90’s and beyond after it was shut down). This makes the movement ripe for investigation, not least of all because of the movement’s ethos and the subsequent arrest and charge of several of its members for child sexual exploitation-related offences. It could also be at the heart of child sexual abuse claims within Westminster. It makes sense to start with PIE.

The Inquiries Act 2005, gives the Chair the power to compel witnesses and to demand the production of documents and other materials to assist the inquiry. We think the Inquiry should compel PIE’s members to give evidence, and to produce it. Do you?


Tom O’Carroll was a Chair for PIE. His vault contained images of boys as young as six being raped and tortured. Please click on the image if you’d like to read more about O’Carroll.

We would like to say a very big thank you to The Real Victims Voice for their help in sourcing the PIE membership materials.