Fears for missing African schoolboys

About 300 African boys went missing from schools in London in three
months, according to police figures.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police, who are working on the
murder inquiry into the death of “Adam” whose torso was found in
the Thames, asked schools in London how many black boys aged
between four and seven had disappeared from school between July and
September 2001.

Despite an international search the police have only traced two of
the missing children.

Head of Baaf Adoption and Fostering Felicity Collier said some of
the children were used to claim benefits or exploited as domestic
servants, adding the findings demonstrated the need for it to be a
legal requirement for private fostering arrangements to be

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