Thousands of missing children not reported in EU May 24, 2006 — By Darren Ennis -Reuters-ABC News
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hundreds of children go missing in Europe every day without being reported to the authorities, the European Union's justice chief said on Wednesday. Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini said he believed some of the 25 EU countries were not taking the issue seriously and it was impossible to determine the size of the problem. According to statistics available to the Commission, an estimated 70,000 children go missing every year in Britain.
Yet the data show a far smaller number of children — 1,850 — went missing in Italy last year, while in Belgium 1,022 missing children were reported to the police.