Monday, January 21, 2008

Casa Pia: Children regularly disappear from the poorer streets of Portuguese towns and cities

I found more information about portuguese missing children (missing in 2006)

Children missing: line opened 31 processes
2007/05/08 | 17:27 The line SOS Children Desaparecida, of the Institute of the Child Support (IAC), opened in 2006 thirty-one new cases involving minors missing was located 24, the news agency Lusa. The figures, revealed by the institute, show that in two cases the children were already found without life, seven in whereabouts remains unknown despite the joint endeavours of the IAC, Judicial Police and other police forces. Most of the disappearances reported, according to data from the IAC, relate to the leak of children (61 percent), especially at home but also to institutions where they are hosted. However, six cases fall within the concept of abduction by third and four in the parental abduction. From the statistical analysis of the series of 2006, the IAC states that the situation came to its attention by section (3 cases), via E-mail (12 cases) and, in particular, the line 1410 (16 cases). Of the situations reported, 19 were girls and 12 were boys. More than half of children (55 percent) as missing data had between 11 and 15 years of age (17 cases) and between 16 and 18 years (7 cases). In 2006, five cases were also reported concerning children between one and five years. In most cases (54 percent) minors resided in the district of Lisbon (16 cases), and that four disappeared in Porto, three in Faro, two in Setúbal and one in Viseu. According to data from the IAC were also reported four cases of missing children abroad, particularly in Brazil. The Institute for the Child Support, Portuguese only organisation that integrates the European Federation for Missing and Exploited Children Sexually, it has to work since May 2004 a green line (1410) designed exclusively for the withdrawal of disappearances. From 2004 until the end of 2005 were reported to the IAC a total of 48 cases of disappearances in 2006 and the line opened 31 new cases. These new cases were initiated in view of the five concepts adopted in 2001 by the Council of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the European Union in its resolution on the contribution of civil society to the search of missing children and sexually exploited. Here you can find same information too: Alexandra Simões, co-ordinator of the SOS missing child phone line for Instituto de Apoio à Criança, told The Resident that last year the institution opened 31 new cases relating to missing children. Of these 31 cases, five were of children under the age of six and 17 related to children between the ages of 11 and 15, with 54 per cent of children going missing from the Lisbon area along. Unfortunately, only 24 of the 31 missing children have so far been found and two of those were found already dead. Sadly, reported cases of missing children have increased since the SOS phone line was created in 1988. ***** So it means 7 portuguese children missing in 2006 are obviously still missing because this IAC report was given in May/2007. But I'm not able to find any information of them and who they are?

***** These kind of missings reminds me of about what happened in Portugal before Casa Pia-scandal came out.,3604,848412,00.html

"Investigators from the Swiss-based Innocence in Danger group, which claims children regularly disappear from the poorer streets of Portuguese towns and cities, say they too have been harassed and threatened."

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