Missing Children Search
Missing children has long been a social problem in Taiwan. Children become missing due to kidnappings, child trafficking and most recently the increasing rates of teens running away from home.
In response to a growing need for a coordinated search effort for missing and abducted children, CWLF pioneered the Missing Children Search Committee as well as the Missing Children Hotline in September of 1992.
•created and coordinates a network consisting of governmental authorities, police officers, members of the media, private companies and the general public to collaborate in CWLF’s missing children search efforts.
•runs the Missing Children Data Resource Center in Taiwan in collaboration with the Taiwan Provincial Government, a central database system for tracking and compiling all information related to the files of missing children.
•incorporates a preventative approach by promoting the safety and protection of children by educating both parents and children on how to stay safe and be aware of potentially dangerous situations.
Missing Children Hotline: 0800-049-880
Missing Children Website: http://www.missingkids.org.tw/english/main.htm
According to the latest statistics provided by the Child Welfare League Foundation, over the past two decades 1,625 families asked for the group’s help in finding missing children.
The group said it has helped find 1,388, or more than 85 percent of them.
The foundation said its recent statistics showed that teens had a higher rate of disappearance than younger children, with nearly 7,000 teens under 18 reported missing in just the first half of the year.
The number of girls who went missing has also gone up over the past two decades, with three times more girls missing than boys last year, the group added.
Since 1992, the year the foundation started keeping records, 1,499 missing minors have been found in Taiwan, but less than 8 percent of cases were assisted by tip-offs from the public.
As of the end of August, 239 minors in Taiwan remain missing since 1992, and 73.6 percent of those have been missing for "a long time," making them particularly difficult to locate.
The China Post/Asia News Network
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Around 27 per cent of parents said that their children have gone missing in public places, according to survey results from the Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF), yesterday.
The CWLF yesterday launched a new mobile phone application that provides information for parents on how to prevent their children from going missing in public places.
According to the CWLF's survey, those parents whose children have gone missing said that the incidents usually happen in shopping malls, supermarkets and department stores.
The survey also said that nearly 37 per cent of children went missing at supermarkets or shopping malls while about 25 per cent of children went missing at department stores.
The CWLF said that the nearly half of the children who first went missing were between the ages of 2 and 4 years old, and the major reasons why most children go missing is either from being separated from family members or being distracted by objects in public places.
According to the CWLF, over 52 per cent of parents do not know that they can call the police immediately after their children go missing. The survey also suggested that 12 per cent of parents seldom take front and clear pictures of their children while 10 per cent of parents do not remember special characters of their children.
The video Nuit posted is terrifying. It's interesting that many people ran over to help but didn't lend a practical hand in the end. Bystander effect maybe.
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