In the face of the dark clouds of international parental child abduction that exist in the United States, Canada, and abroad, the light of hope has begun to make its way through the darkness.
A few significant events come to mind.
Immediately, I think about how a grassroots effort led by caring parents, including some of the most prolific parenting blog writers, has raised awareness of child abduction warning signs, risks, and necessary actions an at-risk parent can take if they believe their child is targeted for abduction. There is no question that these incredible social media savvy writers have made a giant difference in the fight to protect children.
As some of you may know, a little over a month ago a large number of young girls who were previously enslaved into the sex world of human trafficking in Central America were rescued, freed, reunited with their families, and are presently receiving the necessary care that one day make them whole again. Obviously, there are no words that can ever express the horror these children faced; however, the road they will journey on will be one filled with the support and care they need so that God willing, they will find the magic that does exist in life.
With respect to these young children, heavy consideration has been put into whether the film footage that was taken during their recovery should be used in the film ‘150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children’ due to the severity of what they had to endure, amongst other considerations. This was not an easy issue to wrestle with; however, after speaking at length with numerous advocates, many who are highly informative freedom fighters, we have decided to include the majority of the film footage in the feature documentary as the film coverage included some incredible, intense, spirited, and provocative film important to share with the world. There is no question that the world really needs to know what goes on first-hand in the world of child trafficking – the brutality of it – and why we must do what is necessary to stop it. In case you are wondering, the film will be extremely conscious and respectful of each child and their family’s privacy, safety, and road to recovery. We will never show a child’s face nor identify who they are or where they are from. What the viewer will see is the actual planning and eventual rescues that took place.
Obviously, it is not easy to celebrate the rescue of any child who is trafficked because they should have never been kidnapped to begin with. Yes, there is a silver lining that has come from their rescue outside of the incredible act that each child is safe and free, and that is that a monstrous network was smashed. That is not to say that another network of traffickers will not emerge, but those individuals who ‘ran’ young girls from country to country in Central America will never be able to touch another child. Thus, many other children who may have been preyed upon by these monsters will never be touched by them. And fortunately, law enforcement has increased their efforts in light of what occurred to destroy any other networks that exist.
God willing, inclusion of these events in ‘150,000 Internationally Kidnapped Children’ will keep pressure on the international community to continue strong efforts to protect young children, mostly young girls in Central and South America (and boys in China), when the full details of what occurred and what occurs is shared. On this note, there are no words that can ever express the gratitude of the heroic efforts put forth by some of the most amazing men and women I know who acted with sheer heroism to rescue these children nor the physicians and support teams who continue to provide critical care to them. You are all what is right about this world.
On a separate note, I am thrilled to share that reported cases of international parental child abduction has declined in the United States by 15%. from 2011 to 2012. This is tremendous news, particularly since there was a previous 15% decline in reported IPCA cases from 2010 to 2011. After 30 years of sustained increased of reported cases of international parental child abduction in the United States, we are moving in the right direction – but make no mistake, no child should ever be abducted, and every kidnapped child must be brought home!
Kind regards to all,