MELAKA: The police are looking for 57 children who have been missing since 2010.
Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mat Kasim Karim said 32 female and 25 male children under the age of 18 did not return to their families since 2010.
“From the figure, 32 missing children reports were made at Melaka Tengah district, followed by 21 at Alor Gajah and four in Jasin throughout the nine years.
“Their whereabouts still remain a mystery, ” he told reporters after attending a seminar on missing children at the state police headquarters yesterday.
DCP Mat Kasim also revealed that Melaka recorded a total of 303 missing children cases from 2010 to October 2019.
He said except for the 57, the others had returned or been located by the authorities.
“There is a possibility that the missing kids could have been sold to human-trafficking syndicates or they just refused to return home, ” he said.
DCP Mat Kasim said some were as young as 12 years old.
He said there were various factors behind such cases including coming from broken homes, peer influence as well as eloping with their lovers.
“Therefore, parents should pay attention to their children’s needs, ” he said.