The Home Office is moving to reopen an investigation into the disappearance of hundreds of minor refugees in the United Kingdom, amid human rights criticism of the Office’s intention to reopen a “notorious” hotel to receive minor refugees in Brighton.
According to an investigation by the British newspaper “The Guardian”, dozens of children seeking asylum in the UK disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and the children were kidnapped from a hotel run by the Home Office in Brighton, Sussex (southeast Britain), in a pattern that appears to have been repeated across the southern coast of the Kingdom.
The newspaper states that the hotel appears to be involved in the kidnapping of dozens of unaccompanied children.
The Home Office was forced to evacuate unaccompanied children from hotels, after “The Observer” revealed that large numbers of them had gone missing. Many kidnapped by criminal groups.
Earlier this month, Minister of State for Immigration Robert Jenrick assured Parliament that “there are no unaccompanied young people in hotels whatsoever”. But a letter from a senior asylum officer at the Brighton Hotel reveals that he has lost at least 136 children.
As a total, more than 400 unaccompanied children went missing from hotels run by the Home Office. Of these, 154 are still missing according to recent parliamentary debates, despite police efforts to find them, according to the website “UK in Arabic”.
About 50 young men are believed to have gone missing from the Brighton Hotel, sparking concern that they might be rounded up by organized gangs and forced into crime. Some appear to have been trafficked, while others have been found by police as far away as Scotland.
Sources said officers found 12 children from Brighton who had been arrested for offenses including working on cannabis farms. One of the children, who was the victim of abuse, was allegedly forced into slavery.
However, the hotel is expected to reopen within days to start housing young asylum seekers who have recently arrived in the UK without parents or guardians.
A source working for Children’s Services in Brighton, who asked not to be named, said he was deeply disturbed by the Home Office’s intention to reopen the Brighton Hotel. He added “I do not think it is a coincidence that these hotels were emptied after the scandal of the missing children.” “Now that interest in the case has died down, they are actually reopening the same place. This is outrageous.”
Brighton City Council indicated its intention to block the Home Office’s decision to reopen the hotel. Detention Action director Bella Sankey said: “We believe it would be illegal and unethical to send children back to this hotel.”