Criminal Gangs Targeting Vulnerable Young Asylum Seekers in Europe

02 Nov 2015

Newsweek reports that organized criminal gangs are targeting young asylum seekers making their way across Europe and forcing them into prostitution and slave labor, according to the chief of staff for Europol, the EU's law enforcement agency.  Brian Donald told an international conference on human trafficking in Madrid over the weekend that children traveling alone or in groups without adults are particularly at risk.  Donald warned that there is a "tremendous amount of crossover" between gangs smuggling refugees across borders and gangs targeting people for forced labor and the sex trade. A third of organized crime groups who transport refugees and migrants across Europe are engaged in other criminal activities, including the drug trade, money laundering and people trafficking, he said.

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