Technology Helping To Find Kidnap Victims

from the see,-technology-is-useful dept

Here’s a NY Times article about how various technologies have vastly improved the ability of police to find kidnapped children. Over the past few years, a much larger percentage of kidnapped children have been found. The article talks about web databases that many people search when they become suspicious. They also say technology lets them get “missing children” posters out to more locations much faster (which has led to many captured abductors). Finally, tools like Photoshop help to make “aged” photographs of children who have been kidnapped and who have grown over time. I was quite surprised to find out that over 93% of kidnapped children are found these days (compared to 62% a decade ago). In cases where the kidnapper is not a family member, the recovery rate has jumped from only 35% to about 90%.

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