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Thursday, 06 September 2018 09:46

Rise in child abductions and kidnappings

Dear Editor

South Africans are experiencing a rise in child abductions and kidnappings.

Kidnapping is one of the most psychologically damaging crimes.

The tragic end and gruesome find of Miguel Louw is an unimaginable trauma for his family and all others affected by crimes of abductions and kidnappings.

Crime experts have predicted that kidnapping children for ransom will become a trend in South Africa.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) regional organised crime coordinator for Southern Africa Martin Ewi said ‘although kidnapping in South Africa is not new, holding children for ransom certainly is.’

There were 4 200 kidnappings reported in South Africa in 2014, equating to around 11 children taken every day for child trafficking or smuggling.

Parents are warned to be vigilant and to educate their children on the potential dangers posed by strangers.

Where perpetrators are apprehended a strong message is to be sent in terms of punishment.

The SAPS and all other law enforcement authorities need to embark on a campaign of creating awareness of what has become a very real and dangerous phenomenon in our society.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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