Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 338

Great success for Greece and “The Smile of the Child”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 giugno 2017

cartina-grecia-centrale-atticaA 16-year-old missing girl from Poland found in Greece thanks to a coordinated mobilization “The Smile of the Child” in cooperation with European Organizations of child protection and the competent Greek authorities succeeded in identifying the 16-year-old girl who went missing on the 1st of June in Poland and travelled to Greece without being noticed by any authority or person. The identification of the missing girl proves the importance of the cross-border cooperation and constitutes an important success for “The Smile of the Child” and Greece. “The Smile of the Child” is founding member of the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children (Missing Children Europe -MCE) and participates as member of its Board of Directors to the effort to tackle the sexual and psychological exploitation of children and identify children who have gone missing all across Europe.
On the 8th of June “The Smile of the Child” received a call to the 116000 European Hotline for Missing Children from a person who wanted to keep its anonymity regarding a 16-year-old girl accompanied from a young man on the island of Lefkada in Greece. Based on this information the Organization immediately mobilized and found out that the 16-year-old girl went missing from Poland while a search had been activated since the 1st of June. “The Smile of the Child” contacted the International Police Cooperation Division SIRENE, and, subsequently, the Police Department of Lefkada to which it forwarded the available information.The competent authorities were immediately mobilized and thanks to the provided information the 16-year-old girl was found to the hotel where she was staying.“The Smile of the Child” almost simultaneously contacted ITAKA -Centre for Missing People, its partnering Organization in Poland, which had already proceeded with a publicity appeal, and informed them that the missing girl had been identified in Greece. According to information provided by the Police Department of Lefkada, the 16-year-old girl returned to Poland putting an end to the agony of her own people. “The Smile of the Child” handled with professionalism one more case of a missing child, activated its international partnerships and mobilized all the competent authorities to trace the missing minor. It is worthwhile to mention that in this particular case the 16-year-old girl traveled from Poland to Greece without being noticed from anyone. The participation and help of everyone is necessary in order to locate missing children at risk whose disappearance regardless of color, origin or religion is a very serious issue no matter the reason. “The Smile of the Child”, in the framework of the international partnerships that it has developed, has the know-how to handle cases of missing children with professionalism and expertise. Find out more about the international partnerships of the Organization here:


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