Foreign parents kidnap 423 children

25th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — In the past four years, at least 423 children have been kidnapped in the Netherlands and taken abroad.

25 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — In the past four years, at least 423 children have been kidnapped in the Netherlands and taken abroad.

The foundation Stolen Children said on Wednesday 60 of the children ended up in Egypt, followed by Turkey (36), the US (32), Morocco (20) and Tunisia (20).

The boys and girls are kidnapped by one of their parents. They are frequently taken to the country of origin of the man or woman.

Just 84 of the 423 kidnapped children have since been returned to the Netherlands. Only nine of them were recovered from Egypt.

Thirteen children were returned from Turkey, 10 from the US and two and four from Morocco and Tunisia respectively.

Besides actual kidnappings, the foundation also said on Wednesday, the Day of Missing Children, some 391 attempted or threatened kidnappings were reported in the past four years. Some 67 of these involved Egyptians.

A foundation spokesman said Egyptian fathers often have a pre-mediated plan and women simply accept what happens.

"They [the men] come to the Netherlands, marry and have a child. If they have a residence permit, they send the child back to Egypt because they think it has a better future there," he said.

An international child kidnapping treaty was signed in 1980 and came into force in the Netherlands in 1990. The countries which have signed the treaty actively help to find the children and reach a solution.

Most of the kidnappings affecting countries which have signed the treaty are solved — either by the return of the child or another arrangement.

However, problems remain with countries such as Egypt and Morocco which have not yet signed the treaty.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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