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Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch could be turned into therapy camp for victims of sexual abuse

California businessman reported to have bid $40m for the property

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A therapy camp for abused children is among the proposals for ways in which Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch could be used by potential buyers.

The California property is up for sale by the hedge fund that owns it and proposals for using the 2,700 acre property are also said to include a shrine to the late pop star and a state park.

Page Six reports that a local businessman has bid $40m for Neverland with a view to transforming it into a place where young victims of sexual abuse can seek help. "His goal is for the place to be used to help children in a serene setting recover from the trauma of sex abuse," a source said.

"The plan is to have children come there for treatment, and they will also hire trained therapists who would help the victims through the use of equine-assisted therapy, which works to improve the kids’ self-esteem, and it helps them to become more outgoing."

Jackson lived in the sprawling property in Santa Barbara County, California from 1988 until his death in 2009. Late last year fresh allegations of child abuse were made against Jackson, five years after his death.

Jackson, who died in 2009, was previously accused of child sexual abuse charges but was acquitted in 2005.

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