Charity reports 'large increase' in child abduction

The charity Reunite International says that it has seen "a large increase" in the numbers of British children being abducted by one of their parents and taken overseas.

The organisation supported Gemma Wilkinson, Atiya's mother during her disappearance. It helps parents access useful information in the event of their child being abducted, and also offers advice to families outside the UK.

  • Between 1995 and 2010 the charity saw 164% increase in the number of abduction cases being reported to them.
  • Countries which are signed up to the Hague Convention have set protections in place for abducted children. Of those countries in 2010, the charity most frequently dealt with cases of children being taken to Spain, Poland, France and the US.
  • Countries not signed up to the Hague Convention do not have fixed agreements with the UK. Of those countries in 2010, the charity most frequently dealt with cases of children being abducted to Pakistan, Egypt, India and Thailand.

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