Thursday, May 12, 2005

Police fears for hundreds of children missing in London

The headless and limbless body of a boy, called Adam by Scotland Yard officers, was found in the river Thames near Tower Bridge in London in September 2001.

He is thought to have been the victim of a ritual killing.

Police say they are unable to trace hundreds of black African boys who have gone missing from London schools.

The police fear that thousands of children could disappear from schools in the capital every year.

The boy - called Adam by police - is thought to have been the victim of a ritual killing after being brought to London from Nigeria.

Detective Chief Inspector Will O'Reilly revealed 300 black boys of a similar age to Adam had not reported back to school in the three months before his death.

Mr O'Reilly told BBC Radio Four's Today programme: "From the June to the September, 300 young boys between four and seven - and only between those age groups - didn't return to school and are really lost into the system."

Officers say several thousand boys and girls of all ages could go missing in the capital every year.

Author and journalist Yinka Sunmonu said that children "are being trafficked, they are being emotionally abused, there are incidences of domestic slavery, there is physical abuse, sexual abuse.".


The UN believes that the number of children trafficked annually, internally and externally, is around 1.2 million.


Police investigating the suspected ritual killing of Adam, whose torso was found in the Thames, believe such murders could be "pushing double figures" across Europe.

Police in South Africa have estimated that hundreds of children may have been killed by witchdoctors.


200 years ago, a boy was killed every day at a Kali temple in Calcutta,

In secret ceremonies, the practice lives on.


Belfast Telegraph: 05 September 2003

POLICE consider that witchcraft may have been a motive for Northern Ireland's most gruesome child murder, that of 10-year-old Brian McDermott.

Brian disappeared from a playground in Ormeau Park, south Belfast, on Sunday, September 2, 1973. His badly mutilated torso and arm were recovered from the River Lagan a week later.



Atlanta: the question of who killed as many as 30 black children and young men from 1979 to 1981 has lingered for years.

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