Missing children in Europe: 19% of missing children face some form of abuse and exploitation
On the occasion of International Missing Children’s Day commemorated on May 25 across the globe, Missing Children Europe has launched its new Figure and Trends report on missing children for 2017. The report features the evolution and trends on missing children cases in Europe handled by the Cross-Border Family Mediators’ network and the network of hotlines for missing children available through the 116 000 number. In 2017, the network of hotlines received 188 936 calls. 19% of the children reported missing to the hotlines had faced situations of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. Children running away witnessed the majority of this, followed by children who were lost, injured or otherwise missing.
In 2017, children running away or thrown out of home made up 57,2% of missing children cases reported to hotlines, consistently making them the largest group of missing children. Parental abductions made up the second largest group at 23,2% of cases.
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