In Sweden, a popular destination for asylum seekers, roughly 1,900 of the 55,000 of unaccompanied children that applied for refuge in recent years have been confirmed missing, according to statistics provided by the Swedish Migration Agency. Authorities have confessed that they have very little information on the fate of these children.
Donald pointed out that authorities are concerned that the missing children may end up in the hands of organized criminal groups operating in the EU.
"They're lost in the system," he stated. "We know that there are people out there who will exploit minors. We know there are people who will take them and use them for their own purposes."
Amir Hashemi-Nik, a Stockholm County Administration member, confirmed the assertion, adding that “many” of the missing children in Sweden have been subjected to various kinds of human-trafficking, including prostitution and begging.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Italy has documented that 12,360 accompanied children were rescued while trying to reach Europe by sea. How many of them disappeared after their rescue is unknown.
"There is no certainty where they are," UNHCR spokesperson Carlotta Sami claimed, adding that many children keep moving to Northern Europe after reaching Italy.
Europol analysts confirmed that organized criminal groups in Europe have taken advantage of the ongoing situation.
"They are very adept at making changes to reflect the current situation. So if the market for them is changing then they will follow that market and at the moment the area of exploitation that's largely available is the exploitation of migrants."