On Thursday, January 24, some two dozen Romanians were arrested when British police cracked a child slave gang. Scotland Yard told media that six children under 10 years of age were recovered in raids before sunrise.
These children were being forced to beg and steal in London streets and public transport, as well as target people at ATMs.
“While many of these crimes committed appear to be low level,” said Commander Steve Allen, who led the operation. “we have evidence that organized crime networks are exploiting and driving the most vulnerable members of their own community. With promises of a financial return, some poor families surrender their children who are subsequently forced to commit crime.”
These children are believed to be part of a larger operation trafficking Eastern European children into Britain to engage in criminal activity. Police from Romania and England have been working on this case for some time. Codenamed “Caddy”, the operation will continue and more arrests are expected.