It isn't in any history books that I have read so far, but the Paedophile Information Exchange does deserve to be mentioned in the History of the British Isles, in the same way that The Nazi Youth Movement has a place in the chronicals of Germany.
It was set up as a special interest group within the Scottish Minorities group and was relocated to London in 1975 where Michael Hanson, who was the first Chairman, was succeeded by 23 year old Keith Hose, who had connections with the Gay Liberation Front. The agenda for the GLF was to question the validity of the family as a basis of an economic, social and sexual system.
PIE sought to change public opinion on paedophilia by the means of media publicity. Their aim was to make paedophilia acceptable in society, and to provide a means of paedophiles contacting each other. They produced magazines for this purpose. In 1976 a magazine called Understanding Paedophilia was produced, which included articles from psychologists with the aim of making paedophilia respectable and normal. Another magazine was called Magpie, this contained news articles, book and film reviews, articles, non-nude photographs of children, humour about paedophilia, letters and other contributions by members. In 1977 PIE produced another regular publication called Childhood Rights. When the editor ('David') retired, this content was assimilated into Magpie.
In 1976 PIE was asked to help the Albany Trust, to produce a booklet on paedophilia which was to have been published by the Trust. This collaboration was 'uncovered' by Mary Whitehouse, who alleged that public funds were being used indirectly to subsidize 'paedophile groups'. The Albany Trust was partly supported by government grants. The Trustees decided not to publish the booklet, saying that it wasn't sufficiently 'objective'. A year later a question was asked Parliament by Sir Berbard Braine, but, despite a statement by Home Office minister Brynmor John hat there was no evidence of public money going to PIE, the issue was drawn out into 1978 in the letters pages of The Guardian and The Times.
In 1978 several PIE committee members were arrested for indecency crimes against adults and children. In 1981 Tom O Carroll, the author of Paedophilia: The Radical Case was jailed for two years for conspiracy to pevert the course of justice. In 1984 it was announced that the group was closing down. However, the group has certainly not closed down, but assumed many different names, the Wonderland Club being one of them.
Thanks to Wikipedia for providing this information.