WHERE ARE THEY AND WHY THEY ARE SIMPLY GONE?
“One missing child is one too many.”
The children are the root of our existence, the hope of our future, the heart of our dreams, the wings of our souls. They are the most important chain in our societies, the reason of our development and mankind’s progress. They are simply the angels among us and we are obligated to protect them, to comfort, cherish and love them. But, they are also very sensitive and fragile and often an easy prey for demons to pick them up and to hurt them. When one child is hurt, the whole human race is bleeding and that is why we are all very concerned about the security of children. Without them, we have nothing and we are nothing. The complete world is nothing more but a big zero.
The stories about missing children are one of the scariest we are facing with in the age of all kind of different challenges. The disappeared kids are happening to every country, no matter if it is rich or poor, in war or in peace times. The missing children are the permanent disease of our modern ages and the indicators of this phenomena could be found in political, economical and social ground. In the regions where is the war declared, the children lose their parents and become the orphans, so vulnerable to be abused for the purpose of prostitution, street crime or even for the organ trafficking. According to Europol, based on reports from 2016, at least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria have disappeared in Europe and the idea that they could be mislead in some of many criminal organizations is more than terrible. Those poor little people have experienced the horror of war but then they have been abused in horror of peace and it seems that International Community does not anything really serious to stop this circle of trauma and to save some of them if not all.
Unfortunately, the Syrian missing children are not the only one. The urban legend of missing kids of the USA is getting more and more the public attention and it is causing the panic that governments cant protect the offsprings. What is really behind the American social media campaign about the urgency of children safety ? The painful truth that every year America has more than hundreds of thousands of kids being reported as simply gone. Many run away because they want freedom from their parents or they do not want to experience domestic violence anymore. Some are lured from their houses by sex traffickers and social predators that they have made the perfect web for their victims, helped by social media advantages and easy attempt to teenagers. That was the alarm for Washington D.C.’s police department to start the social media awareness campaign and to raise the level of people’s information about missing children and possibility that any of them could be found:“Their posts on Twitter and Facebook attracted attention but also fear and confusion. An Instagram post sounded the alarm. Four girls have gone missing in D.C. in the last 24 hours. Another headline asked – does anyone care about D.C.’s missing black and Latina teens? It seemed like there was a sudden wave of missing kids, so last week city officials organized a meeting to address the community’s growing concern. Mayor Muriel Bowser got on stage and told a crowd of parents and kids she was as caught off guard as they were.” The problem is not only the missing child but also the free range of such cases to be occurred in the city of he White House. Police has confirmed that about 2,200 kids do go missing every year in D.C., but they also have tried to comfort the people by promises that this number doesn’t go up and that majority of vanished children has been found by police officers and special agents for missing people.
The real theater is beginning when the safety of children is below the race conflicts and struggles that white children get more public attention than non-white children. First of all, there are more missing children from the non-white communities because of the economical and financial problems they are dealing with. Some of them are isolated and not enough integrated so they become very easy the pray for the soul hunters and criminals that they promise them the paradise on the Earth. This is the unsolved and critical issue for the USA at all because the isolated young people that suffer from the lack of opportunities are those who will be abused. The children from the broken families where the prostitution and drugs have been the folklore of the childhood will search for the similar ways of existence and once they say NO to the torture, they will be gone. The committers of the crime are aware whose vanishing will cause them a problem and whose vanishing will be forgotten soon.
It is interesting that Prof David Finkelhor, who co-authored the study, and is director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire believes that the number of kids kidnapped by strangers is not so high:“Just 115 of the 797,500 children were subject to what Finkelhor and his co-authors define as a ‘stereotypical’ kidnapping – that is, they were abducted by a stranger and detained overnight, perhaps permanently, or taken at least 50 miles away.In fact, almost half the children recorded in the study were what the authors call ‘benign missing’. That means their parent or guardian thought they were missing, but they soon turned up.” The good thing about the advanced technology is the option for parents and police to track the kids through the cell phones and to detect the last location on the map. Now, the perfect crime is not so available due to the high-tech performances of police detectives. Social media voices as well as boosting on media as TV, RADIO and newspapers do not give the real chances to evil strangers to take away our babies.
What is still a big concern is availability of some children to be voluntary taken by strangers due to the online contact and their mental vulnerability to be hypnotized by social predators to leave their families and to get into the total darkness. However, in the last years this happens not so often because the FBI controls the background of the social media communication when it comes to the doubts that there are some digital hunters that seek for a victim.
The parents are also more careful and they do a good security job so the children are safe more than we think at the moment we see the missing child campaign in every 90 seconds hashtag. Personally, I think it is better to raise awareness more than it is necessary than to let things simply being observed and orchestrated in silence. The public must be informed about the current problems and community must be more included in each of the actions against the problem of missing kids.
The encouraging news is that the crime in the United States has declined tremendously, especially against the children. Generally, the statistics work positively for American peaceful dream because the sexual assaults and homicides are also recorded as getting down.
We all must take participation in the protection of children, no matter if we are parents or not. The children are our future and they must have safe life and the community must be able to offer it. If we fail to protect our youngest, we have nothing else worth of protection. The stable society, the economical chances for all and the cultural and religious cooperation could eliminate the vacuum for security to be betrayed and for some of our children to be used as a sacrifice for someone’s broken dreams.