Parental child abduction soars

Cases of parental child abduction have risen 88% in just under a decade (2003-2012), Foreign Office (FCO) figures showed today.

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Parental child abductions have 'risen by 88% in a decade'

  • Cases of parental child abduction have risen 88% in just under a decade (2003-2012), the FCO have said.
  • 24% of Britons are unaware parental child abduction is a crime.
  • The FCO's child abduction section received an average of four calls a day between October 2011 and September 2012.
  • The FCO also pointed out that parents may suffer severe financial difficulties as they fight for custody of their child through foreign courts.
  • Further illustrating public misunderstanding, nearly three quarters of those surveyed (74%) thought fathers were more likely to abduct children.
  • But, according to statistics from the Reunite International Child Abduction Centre, 70% of the charity's cases concern mothers taking the child.
  • There are skewed opinions over where children were taken - 71% thought parents most commonly abduct their children to the Middle East, India or Pakistan.

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