why are they so many missing children in America???

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    Have you tried looking in the living room?


    That is really not funny at all. :(
    country bumpkin

    It wasn't meant to be funny. It's pretty darn sad.

    I would suppose there would be many & various reasons for it. I once lost one of my daughters for about an hour at a State fair. I turned my back for a few seconds & she was gone.She was 3 years old.I was totally frantic.I went to the cops for help.They weren't particularly interested.They actually expected me to sit in their office for about half an hour filling out paperwork.I told them to go to h*ll.Time was critical in my opinion.It all turned out well.I found her myself & I didn't bother to tell the cops.

    country bumpkin

    Oh Tommyh...I bet no one could pry that little girl out of your hands for days after you finally found her. (*~*)

    It was very traumatic for me.She wasn't the least bit concerned.LOL. KIDS!

    My youngest followed the wrong pair of legs at Disneyland when he was about 3. Scariest and longest "few minutes" ever. I feel your frustration.

    I was physically sick!
    The lost little girl is the one sitting on my lap in my pic.

    WOW...the memories just from your photo alone! My son lives with me right now; it's hard to believe he has traveled across the USA all by himself (with his dog). They do grow up!!!

    Very good question, one that would never get an answer.  Funny thing is, when I was a kid, kids rarely end up missing, rare!  I ran away from home when I was 7, made it to the corner and went back home because I was afraid of the dark. The lesson here is, my parents cared and love me but didn't fear someone 'snatching' me up off the street a block away from home. It just didn't happen. 

    A wandered away with a friend when I was 7, we ended up some 10 miles from home, it was out in the country where I lived.  State Police with bloodhounds were called out.  A fisherman, near the lake that we ended up at, took us and brought us to police.  He convinced us he was aware that we were lost, we went with him.  It was 1957, bad things didn't happen to kids, you could trust adults! 

    country bumpkin

    When my ex husband was 3 his older brother (he was 5) snuck into his room one night and woke him up to go for a walk. They lived on a military base and the military police saw them playing on the railroad tracks.
    Their parents went to the store the next day and bought locks to put on both the bedroom doors.

    Today they would be locked up for that, huh?
    country bumpkin

    I know! LOL

    This article is old (January, 2007), but I think the concepts are still valid:

    News reports cited a statistic that 800,000 children disappear every year—or about 2,000 a day. Seriously? How reliable are these numbers?

    Reliable enough, but easily misinterpeted. Like most crime statistics, abduction numbers are fungible since they depend so much on whether the crime gets reported and how you define abduction. Saying a child is "missing" can mean any number of things; a child who has run away from home counts the same as a kidnapped murder victim. For officials, the total number includes those who fall into several differentcategories: family abduction, nonfamily abduction, runaways, throwaways (abandoned children), or lost and "otherwise missing" children. Local police departments register missing children with the federal National Criminal Information Center database, specifying what type of abduction it is.

    When the categories get conflated, the statistics can become confusing. Take the number 800,000: It's true that 797,500 people under 18 were reported missing in a one-year period, according to a 2002 study. But of those cases, 203,900 were family abductions, 58,200 were nonfamily abductions, and only 115 were "stereotypical kidnappings," defined in one study as "a nonfamily abduction perpetrated by a slight acquaintance or stranger in which a child is detained overnight, transported at least 50 miles, held for ransom or abducted with the intent to keep the child permanently, or killed." Even these categories can be misleading: Overstaying a visit with a noncustodial parent, for example, could qualify as a family abduction. Some individuals get entered into the database multiple times after disappearing on different occasions, resulting in potentially misleading numbers.

    But in other ways, the NCIC may understate the figures. Many missing persons aren't reported at all—a 1997 study estimated that only 5 percent of nonfamily abductions (in which a nonfamily member detains a child using force for more than an hour) get reported to police. Some police departments may not even bother filing a report when a kid runs away from home for a few days. It's also easy to lose track of abduction cases, since some of them get filed away under associated crimes, like homicide or sexual assault.

    Until the early '80s, investigating cases of missing children was left entirely up to local officials, who didn't have an alert system in place or a central database to keep records. But after a series of high-profile abductions in the late 1970s and early '80s, like those of 6-year-olds Etan Patz and Adam Walsh (son of America's Most Wantedhost John Walsh), Congress passed legislation creating the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an organization that monitors the FBI's database of missing children and collaborates with local law enforcement to get the word out. In recent years, states implemented "Amber laws," named after 9-year-old murder victim Amber Hagerman, setting up an alert system for missing children.



    Mostly BS, IMO!

    Which, in MY opinion, you are entitled to have even when if differs from mine. :D (And let's not go anywhere with that)

    and Eliz Smart

    Is the ratio higher in America then,??


    Not as high as Africa,Middle east, Europe or the Southern hemisphere, it happens all over the world unfortunately.

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