More than 120 child refugees trafficked to the UK from northern parts of France have gone missing, a new report has revealed, raising concerns about the British government’s lack of action.
That’s a 22-percent increase in missing cases since last July, when the number stood at 104, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) stated in its latest report on Monday.
The report revealed that traffickers have drugged and sexually abused children as young as 11 after promising to take them into the UK.
The children are among hundreds of displaced people who continue to live without adequate emergency shelter or proper access to drinking water near the border in Calais and Dunkirk, in situations that the UN recently described as an “inhumane.”
The NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) has been working with the Refugee Youth Service (RYS), a Calais-based charity, to locate the missing children. It…