“A rapid response system has been launched this week, designed to trace children who get lost or go missing in Portugal. Based on Android smartphone and Apple iPhone technology, the scheme has been rolled out in Portugal with a view to expanding it throughout Europe and beyond (…) There are more than one and three-quarter million children aged 14 or under in Portugal. The number soars when visitors arrive on holiday. Even though Portugal is generally a safe country for children, thousands go missing each year. The great majority are found but a significant number are not. Unfortunately, the figures are vague and incomplete.”
in algarvedailynews.com (Portugal - Scheme to find missing children is launched - 18 July 2012 - 19:57)
To find the parents of “lost” foreign children is a task Portuguese Police is used to perform daily (dozens of times...) in Algarve, during the summer. A “holiday state of mind”, crowded beaches and restaurants, cheap beer, a relaxing mood (Algarve is a safe place, Portuguese people friendly) are the main reasons for this phenomenon. Few of those cases make headlines in newspapers. Children and parents are reunited quickly, not only because Portuguese Police in Algarve has experience and specific procedures for theses kind of cases, but also because Portuguese people acts immediately, whenever the see a child that seems to be lost or looking for her parents. Most “lost” children in Algarve (many times because their parents just had a couple more of beers that they should, got "distracted" and did not pay enough attention to the whereabouts of their children.....) are from British nationality.
The "Algarve Daily News" journalist who wrote this story either is a ignorant or has manipulated the information about missing children in Portugal, when he wrote "Even though Portugal is generally a safe country for children, thousands go missing each year. The great majority are found but a significant number are not. Unfortunately, the figures are vague and incomplete." - THIS IS FALSE!!! There are 8 MISSING CHILDREN IN PORTUGAL, FROM 1994 UNTIL NOW.
“PJ investigates an average of two disappearances of children every day, mostly teenagers running away from home. Every year an average of 750 disappearances are reported, most of them teenager girls, between 14 and 17 years. The cases usually are solved in around five days.” - in “Diário de Notícias”, may 21 2008
The story published by algarvedailynews.com is a piece of shit, concerning facts about missing children in Portugal. Since 1994 there are 8 MISSING CHILDREN CASES STILL OPEN. Algarvedailynews.com is lying, when they write that “(...) in Portugal (..) thousands [of children] go missing each year” - only an average of 750 CASES OF MISSING UNDERAGED PERSONS ARE REPORTED TO PJ, every year. The algarvedaily.news is lying again, when they write that “a significant number [of those missing children] are not [found]. For the last 18 YEARS, 8 CHILDREN missing in Portugal (including Madeleine McCann) have not been found. All the others were found.