quinta-feira, 8 de julho de 2010
Alisa Nicole Maier e Madeleine McCann
"Most abductions that occur are sex crime motivated, and your targets for sex crimes tend to be adolescents and pre-adolescents."
"She is lucky," David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, said about 4-year-old Alisa.
The case is unique in another way, Finkelhor said, because "4-year-olds are particularly unlikely victims of stranger abductions."
Similar to other child abductions in recent years, Alisa's case also drew the white-hot spotlight of media outlets, volunteers who turned out to help with a search, and the use of social media and the Internet to spread information.
Even in the days before Amber Alerts, the Internet and cell phones, media attention and public involvement made a difference in child abductions.
FEW CHILDREN ABDUCTED BY STRANGERS; PUBLICITY SEEN AS KEY TO FINDING KIDS.
Case is rare, ending is rarer
Alisa Maier was the victim of a very rare crime, and one blessed with an even more rare happy ending.
But child advocates hope her case can serve as an example of how Amber Alerts, today's technology and public involvement can make such endings more routine than rare.
Although they receive a flood of media attention, child abductions by strangers remain