In Sweden the first cases of malingering by proxy started around 1998. Lifeless, mutistic, immobile and tubefed asylum children in diapers aged 6-18 years were in bed for years in this vegetative state. There are suspicions some have been starved to death by traffickers.
The State Investigation SOU 2006:49 showed that many children victims were by Uigurian and Romani ethnicity.
Over the years probably as many as 5000-10000 children have been victims in this malingering by proxy (abbreviated MAL-BP please google this) situation. The purpose for this starvation is either asylum or health care benefits. Namely, if a child is very ill Swedish law tells the child with its family is eligible for asylum and/or large amounts of health care benefts.