Some 400 children disappear every year in Nicaragua

Posted on September 26, 2012


The missing
On August 15 last Andrea Fuentes, 12, went to the grocery store and never returned home. They searched every corner of the colony Nicarao, Managua. Like a needle in a haystack. Not a trace. Nobody saw anything. For the family tragedy. For authorities and agencies working with missing children is a statistic. Some 400 children disappear every year in Nicaragua.

That is an amount that alarms advocates bodies of children, because the possibility that the missing are victims of trafficking is very high, considering that Nicaragua is a place of capture to sexually exploit children in other countries of the region.

The security specialist of Unicef, Ana Lucia Silva, emphasizes that missing children are potential victims of labor exploitation, adoption or organ trafficking. She states that in Nicaragua has not been investigated organ trafficking by what has become an outstanding issue. However, he acknowledges that “much has been done on the issue of human trafficking.”

Tania Gonzalez is Andrea’s aunt and the issue of human trafficking had been studied for her. So the first thing that came to mind when he learned of the disappearance of his niece was precisely that he might suffer from this disease, which according to statistics is the second most profitable illegal business after drugs.

However, not all disappearances are associated with human trafficking. Sometimes children are abducted by their parents or some girls are with their boyfriends. So says the captain Fabricio Muñoz, head of the executive secretariat of the Fourth District of the National Police. This delegation has received 43 reports of missing children in the course of the year. Of these the “majority” already in your home, the official said. But the disappearance of children not only occur in the capital, for the Police Department Carazo also been reported in the first half of the year 13 complaints, according to the Chief Commissioner, Fitoria Buenaventura. All are under 18.

One was the case of “Valeria”, another girl of 12 years who was kidnapped on his way to his study center, very close to home. The aunt of the younger Vianedis Gutierrez reports that the kidnapping occurred before 7:00 am to early September. It was not until 12 hours after receiving news of the girl. He was tens of miles from home, there in Waslala, North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN). “They were traffickers and those who had wanted to take to Honduras,” said Gutierrez.

Here in Diriamba everyone knows the case of the girl who ended up in the RAAN and the ghost of the “robaniños” fear invades the people of this county, which ensure that this problem is not new, only the authorities are far removed from a box. Resent police action

In Nicaragua there is still no legal definition of “missing child”, not specific legislation on the response of the police stations, but the National Police Act, number 228, requires all its members to intervene promptly to prevent or interrupt the commission of crimes.

When teachers Güisquiliapa first saw the gray car with tinted plates Chinandega and alerted authorities Jinotepe. Three hours passed, the vehicle disappeared and police did not come. “Sometimes we listen to the tragedies occurring,” said Guzman Miurel, professor.

Not only did she question the behavior of the national police, so does Vianedis Tania Gonzalez and Gutierrez, aunts who lived moments of anxiety after the disappearance of his nieces. The first criticism is that District officials have not attended five of the best 15 August, the day he disappeared Andrea. “We were told to wait 48 hours to lodge a complaint,” he explains.

“It took five days, we had no response from the police and did not know anything about the girl,” says Gonzalez.

Eight days after the kidnapping, he says, the girl called the house. “He said he had cut his hair and that he was going to paint, but not stopped. That was a warning to us. They wanted to change the look and could at any time out of the country. ” The course was Costa Rica.

After what happened to the 12 year old girl’s abduction has not spoken. It’s too soon, says Gonzalez. However, “the move away from their friends. The change of school and now we are more careful, because this has not happened, could be worse … “.

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