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What to do if your child is kidnapped in South Africa

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Oct 23, 2021

We’ve seen the headlines in the last week of the four Moti brothers who were last seen on Wednesday morning before they were kidnapped during an armed attack.

A MISSING CHILD IS EVERY PARENT’S WORSE NIGHTMARE

The kidnapping of the young brothers has sent shockwaves across the country.

On Friday evening, there was still no sign of the brothers and no word from the kidnappers about a possible ransom. Police have deployed a number of specialised units to find the boys.

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Parents are urged to be vigilant and to educate themselves and their kids on the very real dangers of kidnapping by having proactive measures in place to avoid becoming victims.

What defines a kidnapping?

According to South African law, kidnapping is a separate crime from abduction.

Abduction:
Abduction is the unlawful taking of a minor from the control of their parent or guardian for marriage or sexual exploitation, or the abductor decides to raise the child are their own.

Kidnapping:
A kidnapping, however, is when a child is detained, taken away some distance from where they were abducted, and held for ransom money.

What to do if your child is kidnapped:

The first 24 hours are crucial, and if you take action as soon as possible, it drastically improves the chances of the authorities finding a missing child:

Find a recent and clear photograph of your child. Make sure his/her face is visibleGo to your nearest police station immediately to open a case (produce the photograph). There is no waiting period to report a missing person.Provide a clear description of the child (age, height and weight). Mention what the child was wearing when you last saw them and point out if the child has any distinctive features or marks (such as a scar, or birthmark)Complete and sign a SAPS 55 (A) form and make sure you get the investigating officer’s contact details.Reach out to other organisations or NGOs that assist with finding missing children. For example, Missing Children South Africa can support by distributing flyers with all the relevant information to their volunteers, the media and social networks to help locate the missing person. They also remain in contact with the family and police if they received any tip-offs or leads. This is a free service.Stay in contact with the investigating officer and let them know if you have received any useful information that can assist with the search.Get professional psychological help. Dealing with a child going missing is emotionally taxing and strenuous, so it is best to have someone to talk to.

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