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Europol: At least 10,000 refugee children missing in Europe

By Rudaw 1/2/2016
A refugee carrying his children walks on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Photo: AFP
A refugee carrying his children walks on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – At least 10,000 unaccompanied children who arrived in Europe over the past two years are missing and may have fallen victim to gangs forcing minors into sex work or slavery, the EU’s criminal intelligence agency warned.

Brian Donald, chief of staff of the European Police, Europol, told Britain’s Observer newspaper over the weekend that at least 5,000 underage refugees registered in Italy have gone missing, adding that another 1,000 disappeared in Sweden.

He expressed worry that the children might have fallen into the hands of organized trafficking and criminal groups across Europe.

"It's not unreasonable to say that we're looking at 10,000-plus children," Donald said.

"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,” he explained.

But Donald added there is evidence about the existence of a “criminal infrastructure" since 2014 to exploit arriving refugees for financial benefits.

Comments

 
Sertip | 2/2/2016
This sends chills down my spine, I hope to God they've not fallen into the wrong hands, at the same time I can't imagine all of them have by some miracle made it to safety because the refugees pass through the worst regions of Europe where sex-slave mafias and organ smuggling mafias operate. No one is probably looking out for these kids, how many have fallen in the hands of murderers and rapists only God knows. This refugee crises is beyond tragic.
Hans Guderian | 2/2/2016
They may have become cheap source for body parts for the children waiting for donors in the rich countries. Kurds, Turks and Arabs may kill one another, fight over useless stuff, so at the end their children will become slaves to others. Keep the pointless, stupid ethnic ambitions alive and suffer the consequences.

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