More than 10,000 migrant children missing in Europe

    More than 10,000 migrant children missing in Europe

    Jan 31, Berlin: More than 10,000 migrant children may have disappeared after arriving in Europe over the past two years, media reports said.

    There are fears that single children and young people may be dragged into sex work, slavery and other illegal activity across Europe.

    The EU's police intelligence unit said that thousands of vulnerable minors had vanished after registering with state authorities.

    Europol warned of children and young people being forced into sexual exploitation and slavery by criminal gangs. 

    Some 26,000 child migrants arrived in Europe last year without any family, according to Save the Children. "It's not unreasonable to say that we're looking at 10,000-plus children," Europol's chief of staff told the Observer newspaper.

    Officials in Italy warned in May 2015 that almost 5,000 children had disappeared from asylum reception centres since the previous summer, BBC news said.

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Leonard Doyle told the BBC the figure of 10,000 missing children was "shocking but not surprising".

    The Oslo Times


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