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Over 2,500 missing people annualy in Paraguay

Asuncion, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Paraguay have reported a ballpark figure of 2,600 missing people per year, including minors and teens, a specialized official institution informed on Monday.

The State lacks records and mechanisms to cope with the surging toll of citizens who left their homes and did not return, the Coordinator for the Defense of the Rights of Children and Adolescents added.

The missing people, which include thousands of minors who left their homes and wandered the streets without records, only reappeared in 50% of cases and the rest’s fate is unknown, Anibal Cabrera, head of that entity, detailed.

Caberra admitted the possibility that those missing children and adolescents “are objects of sexual or labor exploitation, turned into slaves of groups.”

The existence of such uncontrolled part of the population is becoming something normal in Paraguay, while authorities abstain from taking measures to face a problem that affects vulnerable people, the specialist deemed.

Meanwhile, Cabrera lamented that the National Police’s missing people search department lacks patrols and other indispensable resources to fulfill its function.