Child Abduction Prevention



The following information is from The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

In light of the high profile abductions of several children, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) encourages families not to panic. Instead, parents need to empower themselves with information that can help protect their children.


  • Parental abductions and runaway cases make up the majority of missing children in the United States. In 2002 there were about 797,500 children reported missing, or nearly 2,185 per day. The vast majority of these cases were recovered quickly; however, the parent or guardian was concerned enough to contact law enforcement and they placed the child into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center – a computerized national database of criminal justice information. It is available to Federal, state and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies.
  • Each year there are about 3,000 to 5,000 non-family abductions reported to police, most of which are short term sexually-motivated cases. About 200 to 300 of these cases, or 6 percent, make up the most serious cases where the child was murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep.
  • The NCMEC analyzed more than 4200 attempted abductions from February 2005 to March 2010 and found that 38% of attempted abductions occur while a child is walking alone to or from school, riding the school bus or riding a bicycle; 37 % of attempted abductions occur between the hours of 2:00pm through 7:00pm on a weekday; 43% of attempted abductions involve children between the ages of 10 and 14; 72% of attempted abduction victims are female; 68 % of attempted abductions involve the suspect driving a vehicle.
  • Research shows that of the 58,000 non-family abductions each year 63% involved a friend, long-term acquaintaince, neighbor, caretaker, baby sitter or person of authority; only 37% involved a stranger.


  • Be sure to go over the rules with your children about whose homes they can visit when you’re not there and discuss the boundaries of where they can and can’t go in the neighborhood.
  • Always listen to your children and keep the lines of communication open. Teach your children to get out of dangerous or uncomfortable situations right away, and practice role-playing and basic safety skills with them.
  • Teach your children in whose car they may ride. Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless accompanied by a parent or trusted adult.
  • Make sure children know their names, address, telephone numbers and how to use the telephone.
  • Choose babysitters with care. Obtain references from family, friends and neighbors.


  • Always check first with your parents or the person in charge before you go anywhere or do anything.
  • Always take a friend when you play or go somewhere.
  • Don’t be tricked by adults who offer you special treats or gifts or ask you for help.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no and get away from any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or confused. Trust your feelings.
  • Don’t get into a car or go near a car with someone in it unless you are with your parents or a trusted adult.
  • Never take a ride from someone without checking first with your parents.
  • Never go into a public restroom by yourself.
  • Never go alone to the mall, movies, video arcades or parks.
  • Stay safe when you’re home alone by keeping the door locked. Do not open the door for or talk to anyone who stops by unless the person is a trusted family friend or relative.


In situations where parents have not resolved the issue of child custody, and one of the parents has ties to another country, there is the risk that that parent might take the child with them to a foreign country. Parents who are in this situation can find useful information about international parental abduction in “A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping” published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

For more information please visit or call NCMEC’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-843-5678.

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New Images Released Of British Girl Allegedly Abducted By Mother

It’s been two years since six-year-old Pearl Rose Gavaghan Da Massa was taken from her home in Manchester, England. Authorities say the girl and her mother are living in Toronto with different names and released new images of the youngster Wednesday.

Police allege the child’s mother, 33-year-old Helen Gavaghan, abducted Pearl from their home in Manchester. The pair has been spotted in Parkdale and there’s concern about the youngster’s health and well-being.

Helen Gavaghan and the child’s father, Hollywood Henry Da Massa, also of Manchester, share custody of Pearl. The mother is the subject of a UK arrest and extradition warrant.

Authorities claim Gavaghan unlawfully took her daughter out of England in December 2008 and travelled to Mexico. From there, the pair moved on to Texas, eventually ending up in Toronto in January 2009.

Police also claim the woman operated an unofficial home child care service in Riverdale with an unknown partner. The mother and child also lived at “an alternative community” in Parkdale for about a year, police said, under the names Dana and Belle Flaherty.

In September 2009 a health care worker offered new information in the case and raised concern about the girl, claiming she showed signs of trauma and social isolation. Pearl was in need of medical attention at the time of her alleged abduction from England.

Helen Gavaghan is described as:

-5’5”, with a very slim build
-Green/brown eyes
-Long black hair which may now be dyed or cut short
-She has a prominent angular nose and wide ears

Pearl is described as:

-3’7” or taller, with a normal build
-Green/brown eyes
-Last seen with light brown, shoulder-length hair

If you have any information on the pair’s whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS or Child Find Ontario at 1-800-387-7962 quoting reference 5625-P.

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Hva gjorde Gahr Støre i Slovakia?

Av: Bortfø

Utenriksminister Jonas Gahr Støre var på statsbesøk i Slovakia sammen med Kongeparet. I denne forbindelse ville han ta opp saken om de to guttene som ble borført av sin mor til Slovakia med landets myndigheter. Les saken på TV2s nettside 25.10.10

Nå viser det seg imidlertid at Jonas Gahr Støre ikke har tatt opp bortføringen av Hoholmguttene gjennom  offisielle kanaler. Hoholm har fått vage signaler om at Gahr Støre visstnok har diskutert saken på gangen, men det finnes ingen  offisielle dokumenter som viser at saken er diskutert.

Kan vi stole på om Gahr Støre la vekt på å få hjem Hoholmguttene? Vi vet med sikkerhet er at norske myndigheter har holdt Tommy Hoholm for narr flere ganger, samt at utenriksministeren har blitt avslørt etter å ha behandlet sivile saker lettvint tidligere, som for eksempel i Martine-saken.

TV2 hadde en reportasje 14.10.10 med overskriften: “Støre kontaktet aldri Norges mann i Jemen”. Bakgrunnen for saken var at: Norges generalkonsul i Jemen ble aldri bedt om hjelp da Farouk Abdulhak rømte til hjemlandet etter drapet på Martine Vik Magnussen.

VG meldte 28.01.10:“Kravet om en utlevering av drapsettersøkte Farouk Abdulhak kommer etter alt å dømme ikke til å bli tatt opp med Jemen under toppmøtene i London.”

Ut i fra disse erfaringene med med Jonas Gahr Støre, sitter vi igjen med en ekkel fornemmelse av at vår utenriksministeren vår forholder seg nokså likegyldig til slike saker.

Støre tar opp bortføringssaken med slovakiske myndigheter

TV2: Utenriksministeren vil ta opp saken om de to kidnappede guttene med slovakiske myndigheter.

Utenriksminister Jonas Gahr Støre er på statsbesøk i Slovakia sammen med Kongeparet.

I denne forbindelse vil han ta opp saken om de to guttene som ble borført av sin mor til Slovakia med landets myndigheter.

Les også: Justisministeren kjemper for kidnappede barn

– Trist og vond sak

– Dette er en trist og vond sak, og det er naturlig for meg å ta opp denne saken med slovakiske myndigheter sier Støre til TV 2.

Støre legger også til at domstolen i Slovakia slår fast at barna skal sendes tilbake til Norge.

– Det vil også være en del av de føringene jeg kommer til å gi myndigheten her, sier han til TV 2 på spørsmål om han vil kreve at barna skal bli utlevert.

Les hele sakem her: TV2

Justisministeren kjemper for kidnappede barn

Kilde: TV2

Norske myndigheter vil nå hjelpe Tommy Hoholm med å få sine to kidnappede sønner hjem fra Slovakia.

Både justisminister Knut Storberget og utenriksminister Jonas Gahr Støre engasjerer seg i saken, fem år etter at de to små guttene ble bortført av sin mor.

Fem års kamp

I fem år har Tommy hoholm kjempet for å få sine to sønner tilbake til Norge etter at deres mor bortførte dem til Slovakia.

Forrige måned var det endelig håp. Guttene, som har blitt åtte og ti år gamle, skulle hentes ut fra skolen av politiet:

Men mor holdt guttene borte fra skolen den dagen. Hun sendte Tommy en epost, hvor hun skrev:

«Jeg vinner igjen. Du får ikke guttene tilbake, jeg har mektige venner som kan ordne alt – også i retten.»

Skarpt brev

Nå har justisminister Knut Storberget omsider engasjert seg. I et skarpt brev til sin slovakiske kollega uttrykker han sterk bekymring over mors tvilsomme metoder. Storberget ber også landet respektere Haag-konvensjonen, og bidra til at saken blir løst:

– Dette brevet skulle kommet for ganske lenge siden men jeg synes det er usedvanlig godt at det kommer nå, sier Hoholms advokat Randulf Riderbo.

Alle rettsinstanser i Norge har gitt Tommy foreldreretten. Gjentatte ganger har han reist til Slovakia – men hver gang kommet skuffet hjem.

Les også: 315 norske barn bortført – 29 savnet

Håper på Støre

Nå håper advokaten hans at også Jonas Gahr Støre vil engasjere seg i saken.

– Han bør forlange at man nå får disse barna hjem til Norge, de er norske statsborgere, sier Riderbo.

Og etter det TV 2 erfarer, vil utenriksministeren ta opp saken med politisk ledelse i Slovakia, i forbindelse med statsbesøket neste uke.

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