European Union’s police agency Europol stated on Sunday that over 10,000 migrant children had vanished in Europe. Many fear that these disappearances have to do with sex trafficking and slave trade, both businesses where minors and youngsters are top targets. News regarding these migrant children was confirmed by Europol press office to AFP. The numbers suggested by the police agency are based on data from the past 18 – 24 months. According to the system, migrant families register upon entering EU. The chief of Europol Brian Donald stated that migrant children simply vanished from the system following registration upon entering Europe. Donald said,
It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children.
He added that as much as 5,000 disappeared from within Italy alone, a figure that is more than just disturbing. He 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.
Reportedly, Europol found evidence of links between smuggling rings and human trafficking gangs bringing people into the European Union and later exploiting them for sex and slavery. The chief of Europol further said,
There are prisons in Germany and Hungary where the vast majority of people arrested and placed there are in relation to criminal activity surrounding the migrant crisis.
In wake of the conflict in Syria, over one million migrants and refugees crossed over into Europe within the last year alone. According to Europol, 27% of them are children which amounts to an estimated 270,000. It was further reported that a huge portion of those 270,000 migrant children were unaccompanied making them the most vulnerable group and prone to attacks from sex traffickers and slavery gangs.
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At this time, reports on the whereabouts of the missing migrant children are thin and given the facts, chances of them being found seem bleak. Europol must significantly magnify search and rescue operations which, under the circumstances, seems easier said than done. However, it is an absolute necessity at this stage given the situation may escalate for the worse.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.