Unaccompanied Minors at Risk: Preventing Child Trafficking
It is estimated that over the past few years, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors went missing in the European Union. This is a problem on many different levels: fundamental rights, child protection, managing of migration flows and asylum. From the crime prevention perspective, the fact that children are unaccompanied and the fact that they are off the authorities’ radar are major risk factors. Unaccompanied minors run a significantly increased risk of being trafficked for sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, or criminal exploitation.
The Secretary of the European Crime Prevention Network has surveyed current knowledge and initiatives regarding the prevention of unaccompanied minors going missing and the prevention of child trafficking and published them in a report.