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Child Abductions on the Increase

19 Aug 2009, 15:07 by Pauline Walker

Labels: abduction, barrister, children-act, family, family-law, lawyer

Government figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 show a significant increase in the number of child abductions compared with 2005. The figures for 2008 show a 20% increase on the number of abductions from 2005 with almost 500 children taken abroad illegally. This represents a 93% increase compared to figures for 1995. Of the 336 cases reported to the authorities in the UK, most children were taken to Pakistan (30 cases), followed by the USA (23), Ireland (22) and Spain (21). Other destinations that featured highly were Egypt, France and Australia. 134 of the cases involved children being taken to non-Hague Convention countries.

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