MELAKA: Melaka police are still trying to determine what has happened to 57 children who have gone missing since 2010 until now.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mat Kasim Karim (pic) said 32 female and 25 male children under the age of 18 have not returned to their families between 2010 to Oct 2019.
"From the figure, 32 missing child reports were made at the Melaka Tengah district, followed by 21 in Alor Gajah and four in Jasin over the nine years.
"Their whereabouts still remain a mystery," he said, after attending a seminar on missing children at the Melaka police headquarters at Bukit Beruang here Tuesday (Nov 12).
DCP Mat Kasim also revealed that Melaka recorded a total of 303 missing children cases from 2010 to Oct 2019.
He said except for the 57, the others had returned or been relocated by the authorities.
"There is a possibility that these missing kids could have been involved in human trafficking syndicates, or they just refused to return home," he said.
DCP Mat Kasim said the latest trend in missing persons reports over the last few years showed that the age of the victims was going down, to as young as 12.
He said there were various factors for children to go missing including coming from broken homes, peer pressure and eloping with their lovers.
"Therefore, parents should also given attention to the childrens' needs.
"We are encouraging locals to know their neighbours, so they could also keep a watchful eye out," he added.
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