The children who vanish from Charles de Gaulle airport

By Leïla Miñano (Investigate Europe)

Over recent years there have been numerous cases of unaccompanied Vietnamese minors who have simply disappeared after arriving in France at the main Paris airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle. Although supposed to be placed into the safe care of social services, the children are in fact led away by ruthless people traffickers, to be kept in conditions of slavery. This report was compiled in partnership with the journalistic collective Investigate Europe.

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The method is the same, repeated over and over: a Vietnamese child arrives at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport just north of Paris accompanied by an adult who claims to be one of his or her parents. Then, once the past the passport control posts, the adult takes the child’s identity papers and abandons them within the terminals of the second busiest airport in Europe.