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FOUR CHILDREN ARE ABDUCTED LIKE MADELEINE MCCANN EVERY WEEK

7th August 2011 By Star on Sunday reporter

KATE and Gerry McCann last night said the level of child abduction our investigation uncovered was “shocking”.

Kate McCann the mum of Maddie – who disappeared aged three during a family holiday in Portugal in 2007 – said the situation in the UK was “horrific”.

[pullquote4 align=”left” cite=”Kate McCann, in her book entitled Madeleine”]As we learned more, and discovered the massive scale of the problem, we were appalled [/pullquote4]In a section of her book, entitled Madeleine – which she gave us permission to reproduce to highlight the problem – Kate, 43, wrote: “As we learned more, and discovered the massive scale of the problem, we were appalled.

“It is important to note, too, that abductions leading to more serious crimes, such as sexual abuse or homicide, will not be recorded as abductions but as the more serious crime.

“What is not in doubt is that the available statistics underestimate the scale of the problem.

“As a parent you need to know that all that can be done is being done – and as quickly and thoroughly as possible.”

The family’s spokesman said: “The figures you have discovered are clearly shocking.”

Daily Star

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3 comments on “FOUR CHILDREN ARE ABDUCTED LIKE MADELEINE MCCANN EVERY WEEK

  1. Here’s a relevant study on England/Wales child abductions (2002/2003). (Note: I’ve skipped points relating to parental abductions):

    Key points
    – Just over half of all police recorded child abductions were attempted abductions.
    – More than half (56%) of all police recorded child abductions involved an offender not known
    to the victim (i.e. a stranger).
    – Attempted child abductions by strangers were the largest single type of child abductions
    (47%). In most offences there was minimal contact between the victim and the offender. The
    number of these offences appears to have increased dramatically since 2001/02 – changes
    to the manner in which the police record crime are likely to have contributed to this increase.
    – Child abductions by strangers that were actually successful, rather than attempts, accounted
    for 9% of all offences recorded (a total of 68 victims in 2002/03).http://uk.missingkids.com/en_GB/docs/Understanding_Child_Abduction_Home_Office_Doc.pdf

    If you compare this to the US study I just posted on the PB thread, the situation appears different. I’m sure the situation will be different across the world for a variety of reasons. 

    While they may exist, I’m not aware of such studies (or even reliable articles) in the southern Mediterranean region. 

  2. Correction concerning: – Just over half of all police recorded child abductions were attempted abductions.

    I pressed submit too fast: The above point should be ignored, as many could be attempted abductions by parents. 

  3. That said, the percentage seems to be validated by the subsequent point…

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