This week we saw the still minister of Justice, happy and content, signing a protocol that creates a child abduction alert system. In his own words, a “new” and “powerful” instrument that will allow for lives to be saved. Is he supposed to feel proud about said system? Doesn’t the massive diffusion of photographs of the victim and descriptions of the abductor place the victim’s life at risk?
An abduction may have various purposes but the mentors seem not to have thought about that. In the cases of abduction for paedophilia, statistics say that in most cases, the children die during the first hours. In the case of abduction for ransom, public divulgation is baleful. Looking at the proceedings, all of them have been applied to recent cases without bringing anything new. I speak about disappearances, because this is the Portuguese reality. From here, I ask you: how many abductions for paedophile purposes or with a ransom demand have been confirmed in our country?
It would have been better if rules and procedures concerning said disappearances had been advanced, fulfilling the Parliament’s Resolution of 2008, concerning a national alert and protection system for missing children. Study the phenomenon and then create the protection system.
source: Correio da Manhã, 04.07.2009