April 23, 2008

Missing children

From the Yorkshire Evening Post:-
Thousands of children have gone missing from school rolls, it has been claimed.

At least 2,089 under-16s disappeared from the register, with fears that some may have been forced into arranged marriages. The youngsters are from 14 areas of the country identified as "high risk" by the Government's Forced Marriage Unit.
And this from the Guardian:-
More than 400 foreign children, many suspected of being trafficked into the sex or drug trade in Britain, have gone missing from local authority care.

Children from Africa, Asia and eastern Europe have disappeared from safe houses and foster homes around the country's biggest ports and airports, figures released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed.

The missing children include at least 87 Chinese who disappeared from care around Heathrow and Gatwick and 68 from countries including Afghanistan, Albania and India who went missing from the care of Kent county council, which is responsible for protecting children trafficked through Dover and Folkestone.