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Disappeared Children in Sweatshops?

Published måndag 3 december 2007 kl 12.26
The refugee center in Sigtuna

Concern continues here over the fate of Chinese children who arrive and claim asylum, only to disappear shortly afterwards.

So far this year there have been around 30 such cases. The most recent were two children who disappeared during the weekend from a center in Sigtuna, near Stockholm’s Arlanda International Airport. It’s believed the young Chinese travel through Sweden as part of a human smuggling ring, and end up with sweatshop jobs or as prostitutes in other parts of Europe.

Swedish Radio reported Monday that the situation is different in neighboring Norway, where the children are kept under surveillance. The Swedish authorities are not allowed to do so, since the asylum-seekers have not committed a crime.

On Wednesday two women of Chinese origin were taken into custody on suspicion of involvement in the smuggling of Chinese children.

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