Asylum-seeking children are going missing from care

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bbcAt least four children a week who are seeking asylum go missing from the care of local authorities, a BBC investigation has discovered.

A total of 330 children aged between nine and 17 vanished between April 2008 and August 2009.

Social workers believe many children were targeted for prostitution by traffickers exploiting asylum rules.

Home Office minister Meg Hillier told the BBC: “The figures are still too high, worryingly high.”

The exclusive figures were gathered using Freedom of Information requests to local authorities by The Report and voluntary group the Care Leavers’ Association. Continue reading “Asylum-seeking children are going missing from care”