Cases of parental child abduction have risen 88% in just under a decade (2003-2012), Foreign Office (FCO) figures showed today.
It is against the law for a parent to take a child overseas without permission from others with parental responsibility, but nearly a quarter of Britons (24%) are unaware it is a crime, the figures showed.
The FCO's child abduction section received an average of four calls a day between October 2011 and September 2012, according to the figures.
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