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Missing: 300 Children

By sizemore Last edited 141 months ago
Missing: 300 Children
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Police are tonight reporting that 300 black African boys have gone missing from London schools and fear thousands more could disappear each year.

The numbers were revealed after the 2001 murder inquiry into the African boy's torso found in the Thames. That body was thought to be the victim of a ritual killing (we mentioned another child almost killed after being accused of witchcraft only a few days ago). Police inquiries revealed that 300 black boys of a similar age to the boy whose torso was found had failed to report back to school in the three months before his death.

According to child welfare experts the sheer volume of missing children indicates the scale of child trafficking in the UK, with victims used as domestic servants or in benefit fraud.

Londonist's own initial reaction to this news is similar to Felicity Collier's - The chief executive of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering - "We would not accept this as a society if these were white children".

As much as we love London it can, like any other major metropolis, be a nasty city and especially to those most vulnerable. That 300 children simply fell through the gaps and are now lost in the system - perhaps still here, perhaps in another country or perhaps dead - is simply unacceptable. We'll keep an eye on the fallout from this story as no doubt there'll be the usual spate of blame avoidance and buck passing that'll do little to help either find these children or stop more going missing. Seeing as Labour decided not to give London it's own manifesto this year perhaps the fresh government could instead of making false promises simply do it's best to prevent more kids being pulled from the river over the next four years.

Last Updated 13 May 2005

alexandra

this is really frightening. i guess we can only hope that by stepping up and saying that 300 black children are missing is a real movement forward and that they are going to do their best to stop it.

i wonder how many children haven't been reported missing though... where there are 300 there are bound to be more.

Mike

From what I can tell one of the problems is that these kids weren't reported missing either. Their disappearance was only looked into in the wake of the torso murder. 'Relatives' say they have gone back 'home' but so far only 2 children have been found back in Africa.

But yeah - it makes you wonder how long this kind of thing has been going on for and how many kids are actually involved.

Slightly off topic - My partner has been doing an investigation into trafficked women and it turns out that there are only a handful of places in shelters for women once they are found. If those shelters are full then the women are turned away - often to be 'recycled' back into the trafficking system they just escaped from.

Of course the press are more concerned with keeping people OUT than worrying too much about what happens to them when they arrive.