Europol: 10,000 migrant children may be missing
It’s feared youth may have fallen victim to “trafficking syndicates,” reports The Observer
It’s likely more than 10,000 migrant children may have gone missing since travelling to Europe, reports the European Union criminal intelligence agency.
Children have disappeared in Italy and Sweden, among other countries, after registering with authorities. “[Criminal gangs] who have been active in human smuggling are now appearing in our files in relation to migrant smuggling,” Brian Donald, Europol’s chief of staff told the U.K.’s Observer. He added: “It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children. Not all of them will be criminally exploited; some might have been passed on to family members. We just don’t know where they are, what they’re doing or whom they are with.”
Migrants from Syria, the Middle East and North Africa were among those who fled to Europe last year. [theguardian.com]