News Recognising the many faces of human trafficking

Published on February 11th, 2016 | by CCAT

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Guardian Article relating to Missing Migrant Children

An article in the Guardian on Saturday 30 January highlighted one of the most pressing issues in the migrant crisis:

An estimated 10,000 migrant/refugee children are missing after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s Criminal Intelligence Agency. Gangs are thought to be targeting minors for sex work and slavery.  Europol, which has a 900-strong force of intelligence analysts and police liaison officers, believes 27% of the million arrivals in Europe last year were minors. This represents about 270,000 children – not all unaccompanied, but evidence suggests that a large proportion might be.  Europol has also documented a disturbing crossover between organised gangs helping to smuggle refugees into the EU and human-trafficking gangs exploiting them for sex and slavery.

The public are asked to be vigilant, – most child refugees who have gone missing would be hiding in plain sight. Europol’s Chief of Staff said: “These kids are in the community, if they’re being abused it’s in the community. They’re not being spirited away and held in the middle of forests, though some might be, they’re in the community – they’re visible. As a population we need to be alert to this.”

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