MISSING PERSONS: THE UNKNOWN HOPE AND NEVER ENDING SADNESS

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GHOSTS IN OUR MEMORIES NEVER STOP TELLING THE STORIES

SOCIAL PREDATORS AND  THE NEW WEB AGE 

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“I realise now that I wanted to disappear. To get so lost that nobody ever found me. To go so far away that I’d never be able to make my way home again. But I have no idea why.”
― Jessica Warman, Between

So many people disappear. That is almost the daily fact. In every hour, everywhere around the world, there are people who are simply gone. Some of them are never found. Some of them are found. Dead. Killed. Vanished for all times. Some of them, happy minority, are those who are found and brought back to home or at least their families are informed about their destiny under another name and in another country. That is the world, what is pulsing and living through the web of human actions and reactions, through the magnificent crossroad of people’s interactions and final destinations. Welcome.

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A missing person is a person whose status of being  alive or dead is not   confirmed due the fact that they are not found as well as the traces about them haven’t given the correct information. Missing persons could be the victim of kidnapping, murder and many other different forms of crime but also could be hit by  accident and death in some isolated places ( deep in the wood, somewhere in the cave  or on the seaside). There are also those who voluntary  decide to disappear because of the domestic violence or the financial reasons. It is concluded that there are people with high level of depression who step in into disappearing so they can commit suicide and spare their beloved one of that tragedy. The old people with serious dementia are very often among missing residents but the missing children deserve and get  the highest alert in all law enforcement services around the globe.

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The National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) Missing Person File was implemented in 1975. in the USA and it precisely sorts the types of missing persons, according to the FBI file: 1.people with disability, no matter if that is physical or mentally (EMD); 2. endangered people (EME); 3. were disappeared after some catastrophe ( EMV); 4. involuntary disappearance (EMI); 5. under the age of 21 ( EMJ); 6. are 21 or older ( EMO).

This category made by professionals in FBI helps a lot during the first cases filling and introducing law officers into the further acts. But, unfortunately, there are some legal obstacles, like the common misconception that absent person is considered as a missing one only after 24 hours. However, in many laws, at least on the ground, that is not the case and police start working on it promptly, as their missing is reported. That applies especially on cases in which are children included because as far as we know, they are the most often victims of parent abuse, human trafficking with sexual  purposes, runaways, torture by a third person or some other kind of deviant social behavior by committers.

The development of Internet and the virtual world which seems to become for the most of the children as the only one, also opened the big door to the army of predators among us, the mentally destroyed and distorted  people who are almost hunters in our societies.  In real world, maybe you could notice them and warn your own child about them:” Don’t talk to the strangers and don’t take anything from anyone on the street!” Unfortunately,  in the cyber universe, parents are helpless and children expose themselves more than family is capable to protect them.

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The modern online social predator is not hunting only our children but also us or someone who is the weakest link in the chain. There are many of reported cases of missing women in the US that were later found as abused or killed by sexual sadist who hunted them on Internet, for months before they have been gone. These women were self-confident adults with stable jobs and normal lives so how they turned to be black statistics? The experts in this field inform us about the shadows of the Internet, which is the easiest hunting ground for all. The internet is something like savanna. There are hunters. There are hunted. Among hunters, there are hunters who kill for pleasure. In our human world, they are psychopaths – in digital world, they could be anyone. Anyone you trust.

The Internet Safety Report comes with the devastating data for children and young:“In 82% of online sex crimes against minors, the offender used the victim’s social networking site to gain information about the victim’s likes and dislikes.65% of online sex offenders used the victim’s social networking site to gain home and school information about the victim.26% of online sex offendors used the victim’s social networking site to gain information about the victim’s whereabouts at a specific time.At least 1.8 million children are used in commercial sex, many sold into sexual slaver by poor families and others abducted and trafficked into brothels.The UN reports that 79% of human trafficking is sexual exploitation.Dr. Michael Seto estimated that 3% of the male population is aroused by pedophilic stimuli.At least 200 million girls and 100 million boys will be sexually victimized before they reach adulthood.At least 8 million children go missing each year.” 

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This is very much disturbing by itself. First of all, the reasons behind child missing nowadays should always search in the Internet area. The children who are using social media without the observation  by older family members risk to get into the social predator trap and to be gone forever. It is enough that child or teenager  is intrigued by someone from another side of the screen and to wish to meet that interesting person, without sharing with parents or even friends that decision. This part is voluntary because the child or adolescent is making decision by himself. There could be also the situation that minor is afraid of the “unknown person” and cancels all activities regarding the friendship so the hunter is angry and wants revenge. Having all information about the child preferences and the line of life, it is not difficult  for him to catch the prey. The famous story about  abducted American  13 years old  girl  Alicia Kozakiewicz is something which should be warning red light to all parents. It is not only that Alicia was abused by perverted Scott Tyree in his old and dirty home in Virginia, it is about how it started. On the Internet, when Scott Tyree pretended he is 14 years old Christine, who is searching for true friends.After a while, he revealed himself trying to be even better friend to the lonely child.   They were talking for half a year after everything happened and he convinced her that he is the part of her life and when the whole madness began. This case is with good end because of the fast reaction of  National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Department of Justice as well as the police officers and investigators. Not many cases are closed in lucky manner. Sexual offenders are having very active network and it seems they are always one step forward with their deviant activities and discoveries to cover their psychopathology.

Sometimes, the children are not guilty at all for being attacked by social predator or even criminal gangs. Why? Because the parents are those who are responsible for targeting their own children in the cuber world exposing the private data about them and the most intimate photos of their beloved sons or daughters. The social networking helps a lot but when it comes to the social pathology issues, it harms without mercy. Giving information about your favorite restaurant and why the family is visiting granny on Friday and not on Saturday because Emma turns 13 and she is making a birthday party in Joshua Street number 1403 and allowing to the whole digital mankind to absorb your reality is nothing but a step into suicide. Add to that the  never ending albums with photos of babies, children in kindergartens or in elementary schools or sport activities, we can see that those people  come with a white flag to the battle ground where the darkness rules and everyone is just a number for satisfying the deepest sick passions.

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Missing children are always victims of sexual offenders and sadists. There is a percentage of children involved in international criminal chains and who are literally used for donors of organs, which is happening mostly in poor countries in Central or South America as well as in Asia.

Regarding the missing adults, the situation is slightly different. Some women who are disappeared were also caught in the web of predators and sadly, they were killed and ended as murder statistics. It was stated that they were trapped online by killers and easily abducted because they didn’t hide their real information so anyone would find them with no problems. However, killers know all about victim preferences and the hunting was beginner level. It is not always about the confirmed crimes. The worst thing ever is not knowing what was happened with the beloved daughter, sister or wife. It is not only about female missing people.There are also male missing people. Beloved sons, brothers or husbands. If the person is not found, after so many attempts by official authorities and by informal attempts of families and friends, the sadness is almost infectious. You lost someone and you don’t know if he-she is still alive, fighting to survive, dead or simply happy somewhere else.You simply don’t have anything from that person to hold on except of old memories and empty hopes that one day you will see your lost beloved one or at least knowing the truth which will set you free. Even the common law and many jurisdictions allow to declare missing people dead in absentia  after seven years – legally dead, that will never be the end for family.

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There are some critics that community doesn’t work well on preventing missing people and when it happens – working on them. The old method of “knock and tell” is something which police officers should use more as well as they must rely on updated base of cases and all possible information which shouldn’t  be misdiagnosed. Beside it, the importance of Amber/Silver alert is very high. There are many technical things which must be made as preconditions for solving the loads of missing persons cases. The lack of trained people who would deal with this issue is a problem for every country and that is why the missing person field is becoming more and more a serious security and safety threat all over the world we live in.

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The police officers, community and families are the holy triangle in this problem. None alone is strong enough but all together can follow the traces and can see the relevant signs by the road to the unknown darkness.

We all must travel together to the hell to find them or to find what was happened with them. They are hunted. We will be haunted.

Every missing person is someone’s beloved one.

 

One thought on “MISSING PERSONS: THE UNKNOWN HOPE AND NEVER ENDING SADNESS

  1. PRISON PLANET EARTH.
    For most young people home is a prison and they dream of better places and better things, over the horizon.
    Most parents thing it’s enough to feed and house their children, but it’s not!
    Alice Miller, the great child psychologist stressed the need for LOVE in the child’s life. The child MUST know that it’s LOVED and CHERISHED. These type of children LOVE their parents and their homes.
    The children who run away feel UNLOVED, NOT CHERISHED and UNWANTED!
    Like an animal who is loved and cared by its master, it will be faithful. But it MUST be trained/educated.
    The Art of Child Rearing is lacking in the world!

    INDYPULSE
    A PSYCHOLOGIST SAYS PARENTS SHOULD DO THESE 18 THINGS TO RAISE A MORE CONFIDENT CHILD
    JACQUELYN SMITH, BUSINESS INSIDER
    Saturday 3 December 2016

    Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child.

    Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of 15 parenting books, says a kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they’re scared of failing or disappointing others.

    This can end up holding them back later in life and prevent them from having a successful career.

    “The enemies of confidence are discouragement and fear,” he says. So, as a parent, it’s your job to encourage and support your child as they attempt to tackle difficult tasks.

    1. Appreciate effort no matter if they win or lose

    When you’re growing up, the journey is more important than the destination.

    So whether your child makes the winning goal for his team or accidentally kicks it out of bounds, applaud their effort, Pickhardt says. They should never feel embarrassed for trying.

    “Over the long haul, consistently trying hard builds more confidence than intermittently doing well,” he explains.

    2. Encourage practice to build competence

    Encourage your child to practice whatever it is they’re interested in — but do so without putting too much pressure on them.

    Harmony Shu, a piano prodigy, told Ellen DeGeneres that she started practicing when she was just 3 years old.

    “Practice invests effort in the confident expectation that improvement will follow,” Pickhardt explains.

    3. Let them figure out problems by themselves

    If you do the hard work for your child then they’ll never develop the abilities or the confidence to figure out problems on their own.

    “Parental help can prevent confidence derived from self-help and figuring out on the child’s own,” Pickhardt explains.

    In other words, better that your child gets a few B’s and C’s rather than straight A’s, so long as they are actually learning how to solve the problems and do the work.

    4. Let them act their age

    Don’t expect your child to act like an adult. “When a child feels that only performing as well as parents is good enough, that unrealistic standard may discourage effort,” he says. “Striving to meet advanced age expectations can reduce confidence.”

    5. Encourage curiosity

    Sometimes a child’s endless stream of questions can be tiresome, but it should be encouraged.

    Paul Harris of Harvard University told The Guardian that asking questions is a helpful exercise for a child’s development because it means they realize that “there are things they don’t know … that there are invisible worlds of knowledge they have never visited.”

    When children start school, those from households that encouraged curious questions have an edge over the rest of their classmates because they’ve had practice taking in information from their parents, The Guardian reported, and that translates to taking in information from their teacher. In other words, they know how to learn better and faster.

    6. Give them new challenges

    Show your child that they can make and accomplish small goals to reach a big accomplishment — like riding a bike without training wheels.

    “Parents can nurture confidence by increasing responsibilities that must be met,” Pickhardt explains.

    7. Avoid creating short cuts or making exceptions for your child

    Special treatment can communicate a lack of confidence, Pickhardt says. “Entitlement is no substitute for confidence.”

    8. Never criticize their performance

    Nothing will discourage your child more than criticizing his or her efforts. Giving useful feedback and making suggestions is fine — but never tell them they’re doing a bad job.

    If your kid is scared to fail because they worry you’ll be angry or disappointed, they’ll never try new things.

    “More often than not, parental criticism reduces the child’s self-valuing and motivation,” says Pickhardt.

    9. Treat mistakes as building blocks for learning

    “Learning from mistakes builds confidence,” he says. But this only happens when you, as a parent, treat mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow.

    Don’t be over-protective of your child. Allow them to mess up every now and then, and help them understand how they can better approach the task next time.

    Pickhardt says parents should see “uh-oh” moments as an opportunity to teach their kids not to fear failure.

    10. Open the door to new experiences

    Pickhardt says you, as a parent, have a responsibility to “increase life exposures and experiences so the child can develop confidence in coping with a larger world.”

    Exposing children to new things teaches them that no matter how scary and different something seems, they can conquer it.

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    11. Teach them what you know how to do

    You are your child’s hero — at least until they’re a teenager.

    Use that power to teach them what you know about how to think, act, and speak. Set a good example, and be a role model.

    Pickhardt says watching you succeed will help your child be more confident that they can do the same.

    12. Don’t tell them when you’re worried about them

    Parental worry can often be interpreted by the child as a vote of no confidence, he says. “Expressing parental confidence engenders the child’s confidence.”

    13. Praise them when they deal with adversity

    Life is not fair. It’s hard, and every child will have to learn that at some point.

    When they do encounter hardships, Pickhardt says parents should point out how enduring these challenges will increase their resilience.

    It’s important to remind your child that every road to success is filled with setbacks, he adds.

    14. Offer your help and support, but not too much of it

    Giving too much assistance too soon can reduce the child’s ability for self-help, says Pickhardt.

    “Making parental help contingent on the child’s self-help first can build confidence.”

    15. Applaud their courage to try something new

    Whether it’s trying out for the travel basketball team or going on their first roller coaster, Pickhardt says parents should praise their kids for trying new things. He suggests saying something as simple as, “You are brave to try this!”

    “Comfort comes from sticking to the familiar; courage is required to dare the new and different,” he says.

    16. Celebrate the excitement of learning

    When you’re growing up, the journey is more important than the destination.

    So whether your child makes the winning goal for his team or accidentally kicks it out of bounds, applaud their effort, Pickhardt says. They should never feel embarrassed for trying.

    “Over the long haul, consistently trying hard builds more confidence than intermittently doing well,” he explains.

    17. Don’t allow them to escape reality by spending all their time on the internet

    Don’t allow your kid to hide behind a computer screen. Instead, encourage them to engage with real people in the real world.

    “Confidence in the virtual world (although important) is not the same as real world confidence that offline effectiveness brings,” Pickhardt says.

    18. Be authoritative, but not too forceful or strict

    When parents are too strict or demanding, the child’s confidence to self-direct can be reduced.

    “Dependence on being told can keep the child from acting bold,” he says.

    Natalie Walters contributed to a previous version of this article.

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I am a master of Political Sciences, with special focus on Security Studies, Islamic Counter Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. I enjoy discovering and commenting things which are " in the air" but still not spoken.I also do like science writing and planing to move myself into the pure science journalism !