It was revealed that 10000 refugee children went missing in the EU. It is believed that underage children are targeted by human traffickers.
At least 5,000 children have gone missing in Italy alone, Brian Donald said, adding that another 1,000 have vanished in Sweden. Europol’s chief of staff, Brian Donald stressed that an EU-wide “criminal infrastructure” could be gone missing in Italy alone, Brian Donald said, adding that another 1,000 have vanished in Sweden. Europol’s chief of staff, Brian Donald stressed that an EU-wide “criminal infrastructure” could be specially targeting refugee children.
Moreover, there is already evidence of sexual exploitation, especially in Germany and Hungary. “An entire [criminal] infrastructure has developed over the past 18 months around exploiting the migrant flow. 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,” said Donald.
Europol estimates that 27% of the refugees that arrived in Europe in 2015 were minors.
“Unaccompanied minors from regions of conflict are by far the most vulnerable population; those without parental care that have either been sent by their families to get into Europe first and then get the family over, or have fled with other family members,” The Guardian quoted Mariyana Berket from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as saying.
Donald urges people to keep an eye out for missing refugee kids since they could be subject to abuse in their communities. “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 I suspect some might be, they’re in the community – they’re visible. As a population we need to be alert to this.”