A growing trend of missing children of color in London has drawn major concerns from the public.
Over the past few weeks, authorities in the Enfield area have tweeted out several photos of teens of color who have gone missing. A post about the teens went viral on Thursday (Dec. 7) after many noticed the teens vanished within days of each other.
What the hell is going on?? RT! RT! pic.twitter.com/jiSvPdcfLR
— Mikey (@mikeymuzik) December 7, 2017
According to Enfield’s government site, roughly 18.49 percent of black people make up the town’s population of 331,395. Residents of the area have taken to social media to question the little details or media attention around the missing teens. A representative of the Enfield police stated joint and single investigations have been launched by the Missing Persons Unit to find out more information.
“We understand how upsetting it is that these young children are missing and our Missing Persons Unit is conducting a separate and full investigation into each child whilst also addressing the possibility that they could be missing together,” the tweet says. In the meantime, they plan on using social media to spread the word. “We are using social media as an asset to try to get their faces known and to get information on their whereabouts to help with our investigations. If anyone has info please call our MPU and help us to locate them and reunite them with family and friends.”
Timothy ADEOYE aged 14 is missing from ENFIELD on 24/11/2017 .If seen please call ENFIELD MISSING PERSONS on 0208 345 3300 or 101 quoting ref 17MIS051769.mc pic.twitter.com/Yp9eOXXNHs
— Casspeaks (@Ging_CasCas) December 5, 2017
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) October 27, 2017
Studies have shown that missing children are sometimes runaways, but a report by The Times has shed light on drug cartels who use teens to traffic drugs across borough lines. Over 700 cases have been uncovered by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The startling case has also drawn comparisons to the missing black girls in the states. Earlier this year, the hashtag #MissingDCGgirls went viral after it was inaccurately reported that 14 girls went missing in a 24 hour period. Six girls were found and were missing for roughly a month.
Regardless, over 200,000 children and teens of color go missing yearly with little to no national attention. Organizations like Black & Missing have been applauded for raising awareness on the misrepresented.