Scores of child refugees as young as 13 have gone missing in the UK over the past year after being brought to the country by people smugglers operating in Calais, The Independent has learned.
More than 100 unaccompanied minors known to have crossed from northern France via unauthorized routes since last August remain unaccounted for by British authorities. Of 167 children referred to UK agencies as potential victims of human trafficking after making the crossing, 104 are missing.
The true figure is estimated to be far higher – possibly in the hundreds – with many unaccompanied minors said to be “hidden” from child protection agencies in both France and the UK, often ordered by traffickers not to engage with authorities.
Charities and campaigners have warned that missing youngsters are at risk of sexual and labor exploitation by trafficking and smuggling gangs, with adults ordering them to fulfill demands in order to pay the sum for their facilitated crossing, thought to be in the region of £9,000.
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