Missing People Worldwide

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

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If a person I knew suddenly disappeared and did not know if they were dead or alive, that would be scary. Thinking about this possibility, looking up the missing people facts is even scarier. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, there are many other reasons why people become missing. With the statistics worldwide being ridiculous, I wonder why the topic of missing people is not reported more in mainstream media and in politics.

In this paragraph, I will describe many reasons how a person could go missing. While some are forced disappearances, some individuals choose to disappear alone. Listing reasons, they include, escape from domestic abuse, living under a new identity, victim of abduction, suicide, mental illness, slavery, joining a cult, natural disasters, avoiding war or genocide, death by natural causes, seizure without a due process of law, victim of murder and many, many more.

Missing people statistics by country:
  • Every year in Nepal 5,000 women disappear as a result of human trafficking related to prostitution and organ harvesting.
  • Over 305,000 people were reported missing in Australia from 2008-2015
  • In the UK, The Huffington Post reported in 2012, over 140,000 children go missing each year
  • Nearly 800,000 people are reported missing every year in the United States.
  • 45,609 children went missing in Canada in 2017.
  • 40,000 each year in Brazil
  • 45,000 in Mexico in Mexico
  • 100,000 in Germany per year.
  • Many more from other countrys!

Many missing people cases remain unresolved for many years. And the laws surrounding it are very complex. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2012 that “It is estimated that some 8 million children go missing around the world each year,”. The most disturbing part of all of this is it is the children who go missing. Overall many children and adults are never reported missing making no accurate way to determine the true number of missing persons in a country. This complex issue is very underrated and should be taken more seriously.

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