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Teenage Girls Disappearing in Greece: Children, Adults Among  Missing

ATHENS – As Greece has been focused on the #MeToo movement about sexual harassment and femicide, a disturbing statistic showed that two children go missing every three days in Greece, and an adult every two days.

That was reported for the first three months of 2024 although it wasn’t said if it pertained to runaways, exploitation or people who are ill and wander off, Greece issuing Silver Alerts for people who have vanished.

The data was presented by child welfare organization Smile of the Child ahead of International Missing Children’s Day on May 25 and showed a growing trend as the NGO in 2023 reported the phenomenon especially among minors.

“For the most part, teenage Greek girls disappear,” said Irini Rizopoulou, coordinator of Smile of the Child’s National Center for the Disappearance of Children and Adults, often over a love affair or problems at home, it was said.

“In 2023, missing boys numbered 99, while for girls it was 175,” said Eleni Boviatsi, head of the Search Department of the Hellenic Police (ELAS.) The gender ratio is reversed when it comes to unaccompanied minor refugees.

According to ELAS, in 2023 some 1,789 refugee boys disappeared compared to 160 girls, Greece detaining thousands of refugees and migrants in camps on some Aegean islands and the mainland but unable to account for many missing minors.

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