Today is International Missing Children’s Day and the Australian Federal Police are working harder than ever to bring missing children home.
38,000 people go missing each year, that’s one every 15 minutes and, over half of them are children.
Six age-progressed images of missing and parentally abducted children have been released today in a global effort to ‘help bring them home’.
Leading forensic artists from the United States National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were commissioned to create the age-progressed images to illustrate what the children, all who remain under the age of 18, may look like today.
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“Today is a day for us all to commemorate missing children who have found their way home; remember those who have been victims of crime; and continue efforts to find those who are still missing,” Assistant Commissioner Platz said.
“We need all Australians to get behind this cause and spread the images of these missing children as far and as wide as possible,” Assistant Commissioner Platz said.
If you think you’ve seen any of the missing children pictured, contact crime stoppers or visit the missing persons website.
Anyone with information relating to a missing or parentally abducted child is urged to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Let’s help bring these children home!
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Image via Aust Federal Police