The ANAR Foundation has warned this Tuesday that in 2020, despite the pandemic, it managed 803 cases of disappearance of minors in Spain, most of them due to escapes, which constitutes 65% of the total disappearances that were reported in the country.
On the occasion of the commemoration of International Day of Missing Children This May 25, ANAR has launched an awareness and sensitization campaign to publicize the phone 116000, official number of the European Union for cases of disappearances of minors and that in Spain is managed by the Foundation.
As reported by the Foundation in a statement, the figures show that, despite the mobility restrictions applied in Spain, ANAR managed 803 cases of disappearance of minors in 2020, almost the same as the previous year, and received 2,290 inquiries for that reason.
Of those cases, the 63,5% They were leaks; the 20.8% expulsions from the home; the 8.5% kidnappings and parental abductions; the 5.6% losses, accidents or other types of disappearances; the 1% it was about kidnapping for criminal purposes, and the 0,6% for unaccompanied migrant minors.
The most frequent profile of the disappeared is that of a male, of Spanish nationality (68%) and aged between 13 and 17 years
ANAR states that, according to official data from the National Center for the Disappeared, 65% of disappearances in Spain are minors. The most frequent profile of the disappeared is that of a male, of Spanish nationality (68%) and between 13 and 17 years of age.
The director of the ANAR Foundation Help Lines, Diana Díaz, recalled that the 116000 that “is confidential and free and is attended 24 hours a day “, by psychologists, lawyers and social workers in coordination with the Security Forces and Bodies and the rest of the 116,000 lines throughout Europe.
For his part, the director of ANAR Programs, Benjamín Ballesteros, has considered it “vital” that families know that they can receive help “in one of the most dramatic situations that a human being can experience.”