Turkey: over 14,000 children missing in last five years

22 April, 13:50

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, APRIL 22 - A total of 14,412 children have gone missing in Turkey in the last five years, daily Today's Zaman online reports quoting Gendarmerie Commander Gen.

    Servet Yoruk as saying, speaking at a workshop about missing children held on Monday in Ankara under the title "Let's not lose them." Yoruk stated that the issue of missing children is among the most serious problems of Turkey and added that "every year thousands of children are kidnapped out of various motives, such as organ transplants, child labor and armed incidents or terrorism across Turkey and around the world. Every year for the last five years, an average of seven children have gone missing in each region under the jurisdiction of the Gendarmerie General Command." According to official data, a total of 14,412 children went missing across the country, and 834 of those kidnapped or missing children have still not been found by gendarmerie forces. Also speaking at the workshop, Interior Minister Efkan Ala stated that 97% of the missing children have been found and added that his Ministry and the Ministry of Family and Social Policy should cooperate with security forces on the issue of missing children. (ANSAmed).

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