How many seconds does a child go missing in Turkey?

One child goes missing every two minutes in Europe. These statistics are recorded every 40 seconds in the United States.

Last week a social media campaign was organized by the Turkish Association of ECPAT (End Sexual Exploitation Against Children) to draw attention to missing children, of which I am a member. Every child deserves a safe childhood The most interesting point of the posts made with the slogan was undoubtedly the data of a child missing every two minutes in Europe and every 40 seconds in the United States.

The foundation of this day, which was announced by the then President Ronald Reagan in the United States in 1983, was the effort and reaction that followed the disappearance of 6-year-old Ethan Patz, who lives in Soho, New York. School on May 25, 1979 and never heard of again. In 2010, May 25 was recognized around the world as International Day of the Missing Children. In 2010, Turkey hosted a number of events at the Turkish Grand National Assembly for the first time.[1] Today’s theme is blue and white flowers Don’t forget me flowers Determined.

May 25, International Missing Children’s Day The main purpose is to draw attention to the plight of missing children and to support efforts to push missing children into crime or to find them before they become victims. Helping children in missing families, listening to their voices and creating awareness and awareness in families with children.

According to forensic statistics from the Turkish Institute of Statistics (TUIK), the number of officially filed cases for missing persons between 2008 and 2016 104 thousand 531‘He said. Lost children 59,435It consists of girls. According to TUIK statistics, an average of 10 thousand per year 32 The child disappears.

We have no more up-to-date data. Because, according to research and statements made by CHP Deputy Gürsel Tekin in 2020[2]After 2016, TURKSTAT stopped publishing missing child data. According to Tekin, a significant portion of abducted children are used by criminal organizations, but they are also used by many gangs, including drug gangs, for money laundering or for crime. In response to the Ministry of Internal Affairs in response to the application of another CHP Deputy Murat Amir to CIMER regarding the number of missing children between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2019.[3] The exact number of missing persons claimed was not given, only 99% of the missing children were found.

When TURKSTAT checks the statistics of children coming or going to the safety unit[4]The number of incidents involving children in 2020 is 540,803, and 37.9% of these incidents are victims, 25.3% are offenders and 18.5% are offenders.

As a category that is sometimes overlooked in major political narratives, children are one of the social groups most affected by the economic crisis our country is going through and the wave of millions of regular / irregular refugees. Due to the unusual environment and the impact of the post-July 15 epidemic, the power and scope of organizations in civil society, human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights has been increasingly limited. These developments in civil society have weakened the protection of children in the civil sphere.

Although Turkey has signed a number of international documents to combat child sexual abuse, it has no national action plan on child sexual abuse.

Due to the current situation in the country, vulnerability, economic inequality and extreme poverty make residential and refugee children vulnerable to all forms of sexual and economic exploitation. Although Turkey has signed a number of international documents to combat child sexual abuse, it has no national action plan on child sexual abuse.

TURKSTAT needs to start publishing missing children information again, and reintroduce missing children to Turkey’s agenda. As Tekin has underlined, a national data system for missing children should be established and cases of missing children should be investigated in detail. Determining the number of missing children, their distribution by province, gender and age group, including families in process, and sacrificing children as soon as possible for all forms of harassment, exploitation and crime is crucial for politics. On heroism

[1] May 25, World Missing Children’s Day, will be launched with the first event held at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, News.comAccess Address: Access Date: 26 May 2022

[2] At least 104,000 children missing: Why did Turkstat stop publishing data? Sözcü newspaper03 February, 2022 and CHP’s call for missing children from Tekin: It is inconceivable that the Supreme Assembly is indifferent to this situation, The political way4 February 2022, Retrieved from: Accessed: 26 May 2022

[3] CHP inquired about the number of missing children, the ministry announced they had been found, EnglishAccess Address: Date of access: 26 May 2022

[4] Turkestat, Statistics on the arrival or departure of children in Safety Unit-2020Access Address: Access Date: 26 May 2022

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