- 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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