Thursday, December 30, 2010

Amy Fitzpatrick

Missing for Three Years on 1st January 2011

Can you believe that it is 3 years since we started to pray for Amy’s well-being and recovery? Three long years for her parents, family and friends. Three years without clues or answers.

Amy moved from Clarehall in Dublin to the Costa del Sol with her mother, Audrey, in 2004. Her step-father, Dave McMahon, is an estate agent in the Spanish resort. Her father (Christopher) and extended family still live in the Irish Republic. With a unified and common purpose, they all continue to search for Amy.

Amy was aged 15 when she disappeared, at approximately 10pm on 1st January 2008, after saying goodbye to her close friend Ashley Rose. On New Year’s Eve, the girls had been baby-sitting Ashley’s brother at her friend’s house in Mijas Costa (Spain) and Amy stayed over-night. She called her Mum on the morning of 1st January to wish her Happy New Year. At 10pm that evening, Amy left her friend’s home and set off to walk to her own home on the Urbanisation Riviera del Sol. This should have taken about 10 minutes as it was only a short walk away. But, she never arrived.

Hundreds of people assisted the Spanish Civil Guard and joined in the search to look for Amy but nothing was found. There is speculation about her being abducted or having run away, but there are no concrete clues about her disappearance.

All we know is that Amy Fitzpatrick is still missing.


- Thin and pale
- 1.65 metres tall (approximately 5 feet 5 inches)
- Black hair
- Wearing brown crushed velvet tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt with the word ‘Diesel’ on the front

(click on maps to enlarge)

Now is not the time to speculate about information posted on blogs and forums or indeed, repeated in the press. Now is the time to remember a vulnerable young person who is still missing. All members of Amy’s family need our help, support and prayers.

As a New Year begins and we all celebrate with our families, perhaps a thought can be spared for Amy’s family. A family that is still grieving for a teenager who is missing without trace. When you hug your child, remember that there are parents who can’t do that, so squeeze and hug a little but harder in thanks.

Please remember Amy Fitzpatrick

Do you know anything about Amy’s disappearance?
Did you see anything unusual happening in this Spanish locality around the time of Amy’s disappearance?

Do you suspect someone else knows something?
- Contact your local police or law enforcement
- Spanish Guardia Civil +34-636-079-619


You can follow Amy Fitzpatrick’s thread in the Find Madeleine forum HERE!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Inspector of the Madeleine Case Accuses London of Pressurising Portugal

23-12-2010 / 16:30 h

Lisbon, 23 dic (EFE).-

The Portuguese ex – inspector who investigated the Madeleine case, Goncalo Amaral, is convinced that London pressurised Portugal in order to remove him from his post in 2007 and to avoid accusations against the girl’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.

In statements made to EFE, Amaral underlined that the conversations “at Ambassador level” between the US and the UK held days before he was forced to abandon the investigation and which were revealed by WikiLeaks “do not leave doubts” about the “interferences”.

Amaral led the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine on 3rd May 2007, when she was about to reach her fourth birthday and was removed in October of the same year.

In 2008, when the case was closed, he published a book, which was banned by legal action from the McCanns, in which he suggested that the couple was implicated in a presumed accidental death and the concealment of the girl’s body.

Portugal has a “weak government which is servile and submissive faced with the English “friends” and the archiving of the investigation into the mysterious disappearance of Madeleine McCanns constitutes a shame for our country and for the Portuguese justice system”, Amaral laments.

This is how the ex – inspector comments on the report elaborated by the then American Ambassador in Lisbon, Al Hoffman, with details about a meeting with his British counterpart, Alexander Wykeham, in September 2007, two weeks after the McCanns were declared official suspects in the case.

In this cable, Hoffman tells how the British Ambassador informed him that his country’s police has investigated the evidence existing against Madeleine’s parents, which contradicts the version previously known that attributed doubts about the couple’s innocence only to the Portuguese officers.

Amaral remembers that he was removed from duty in October 2007 and that it was on those dates that the Portuguese Prime Minister, José Sócrates and the British PM, Gordon Brown “mentioned the Maddie case” during a European meetings.

“In joking terms, or perhaps not, there are those who say that the UK signed the Lisbon Treaty at the cost of my head”, the now retired ex officer comments ironically, referring to the difficult re-negotiation of this historic European document during the Portuguese presidency of the EU.
In his opinion the information released by WikiLeaks is not a novelty, although it does reflect “that the news at the time were false, created within the headquarters of the “McCann couple support staff”.
They had the aim, he adds, of creating a “climate of mistrust between the Portuguese and British politicians” and to discredit the Portuguese officers.

Amaral is confident that the case will end up by being cleared up totally, but considers that it is necessary to re-initiate the police investigation and revise the case process.

"Madeleine McCann deserves justice to be done. Her probable death and mysterious disappearance can not only depend on political will", he insisted.

Amaral and the girl’s parents maintain a legal battle despite the fact that the Madeleine case was officially closed more then two years ago without the naming of guilty parties and due to lack of evidence.

The lawyers for the British couple have appealed the lifting of the banning of sales of the ex – policeman’s book “Maddie: The Truth of the Lie” and want him to sued for damages and harm to the parents, who have always declared themselves to be innocent.

But for the moment a Portuguese appeal court has agreed with the ex - policeman, in a statement made last October and the circulation of the book is again legal.

According to the McCanns, the book has caused great harm to their ongoing efforts to find the girl.

With respect to the millions in damages that the parents of Madeleine could obtain, Amaral says that the legal confrontation with the British couple has already left him and his family “in ruins, surviving at the cost of family and friends”.

However, despite the problems that the case has brought him, the ex – inspector, who decided to retire upon being removed from the investigation, confirms that he continues to analyse all the evidence and information about the case “in search of the truth”.

Original source:

Translated From Spanish by Ines:

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lauryn Dickens Still Missing

The following is reprinted from  Victim's Heartland:

Post by artgal16 on Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:40 pm

Mother admits she gave away baby

Posted: Sep 20, 2010 9:23 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2010 2:59 PM

By Kontji Anthony

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Police say a Memphis mother has admitted to giving her baby to a stranger, and not reporting the incident for ten days.

Police believe one of the baby's parents, Lauryn Dickens, knows where she is, and the convoluted situation may be a case of "custodial interference."

Family law books define custodial interference as "the taking or keeping of a child from the custodial parent with the intent to interfere with that parent's rightful physical custody."

Monday, jail records said baby's father, Benjamin Norfleet, was in jail on a building burglary charge. He told police he knows nothing about the baby's location.

But according to an incident report, the baby's mother, Shakara Dickens, told police she talked with Norfleet on September 7 about "the welfare of the child and her not being able to care for the child properly."

The report said Norfleet told Dickens to, "give the child to an unknown female-white."

Dickens said the woman came to her Raleigh apartment complex that day. She allegedly gave the baby to the woman, and has not seen her daughter for about a week and a half.

The woman who allegedly took the baby was described as a white female, 40 to 50 years old, who wears eyeglasses and has gray, shoulder-length, straight hair with a center part. The woman was last seen wearing a buttoned blouse, khaki Capri pants, and white, closed to sandals.

Lauryn Dickens, was last seen wearing a brown onsie with one pink flower and pink dots. She is one-foot, nine inches tall, and weighs just 17 pounds.

Monday, Shakara Dickens did not want to comment for this story. Police haven't issued an Amber Alert, because the mother consented to handing over the baby.

If you know where Lauryn Dickens may be, call Missing Persons at 901-636-4479.


View Lauryn's thread on the Find Madeleine forum HERE!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

McCann Couple Make New Appeal to Maddie's Abductors



Kate and Gerry McCann left a new message for the abductors of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in May 2007 from Praia da Luz in the Algarve. Quoted by the “Daily Star”, the couple said that they hope that “whoever has Maddie would be treating her with love and respect, as she deserves” and appealed to the world to remember “the children who will not be with their families this Christmas”. The McCanns lament however, the “unfounded allegations” about the involvement of the couple in the disappearance of their daughter that were released by the WikiLeaks site.

Translated by Ines:

Friday, December 17, 2010

WikiLeaks Publish New Info on McCann Case

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UK police 'developed evidence against McCanns'

British police helped "develop" evidence against Madeleine McCann's parents from Leicestershire as they were investigated by Portuguese authorities looking into their daughter's disappearance, according to diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.

Britain's ambassador to Portugal, Alexander Wykeham Ellis, reportedly made the claim to his American counterpart on September 21, 2007 - two weeks after Portuguese police named Gerry and Kate McCann as "arguidos", or formal suspects, in the case.

In a cable to Washington, US Ambassador Al Hoffman wrote: "Madeleine McCann's disappearance in the south of Portugal in May 2007 has generated international media attention with controversy surrounding the Portuguese-led police investigation and the actions of Madeleine's parents.

"Without delving into the details of the case, Ellis admitted that the British police had developed the current evidence against the McCann parents, and he stressed that authorities from both countries were working co-operatively.

"He commented that the media frenzy was to be expected and was acceptable as long as government officials keep their comments behind closed doors."

The cable does not specify what evidence British police are alleged to have gathered, or whether UK investigators were involved in the decision to formally name the McCanns as suspects. They remained under official suspicion until July 2008 when Portuguese police shelved the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance and lifted the McCann's status as arguidos.

The three-year-old went missing from an apartment in the Algarve on May 3, 2007 while her parents dined with friends in a nearby restaurant.

Speaking at the time the suspect status was lifted, Mrs McCann said: "It is hard to describe how utterly despairing it was to be named arguidos and subsequently portrayed in the media as suspects in our own daughter's abduction."

A spokesman for the McCanns said: "This is an entirely historic note that is more than three years old. Subsequently, Kate and Gerry had their arguido status lifted, with the Portuguese authorities making it perfectly clear that there was absolutely no evidence to implicate them in Madeleine's disappearance whatsoever.

"To this day, they continue to work tirelessly on the search for their daughter, co-operating when appropriate with both the Portuguese and British authorities."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Countdown to Christmas - Focus on 12 Missing Children

Missing Children - Help Find My Child

· Countdown to Christmas campaign,

· 12 Days of Christmas - Missing Children Campaign

· Focus on twelve missing children from the UK

· Using Social Networking – Facebook and Twitter

December 13th marks the launch of a new Twitter and Facebook campaign by Help Find My Child (HFMC); a registered charity committed to the search for missing children Worldwide. HFMC specialises in combining the latest technologies with the incredible power and reach of online communities such as Twitter and Facebook.

Our Countdown to Christmas campaign, starting on the 13th December and culminating on Christmas Eve, will focus on twelve missing children from the UK, each having one of the 12 days of Christmas dedicated solely to them and their story.

We will update our Facebook page each day and on Twitter each morning at 8.00am we will send out a link to the blog of the missing child featured that day. The Tweet will also be sent to celebrities who will be asked to re-tweet, using their considerable influence to increase the profile of the child, the campaign and the issue of missing children.

The Christmas period has been chosen for the Twitter campaign as it’s such a traumatic time for those whose children are missing: Instead of a time of joy and happiness these parents face a huge void and soul-crushing pain. Kevin Gosden Father of missing teenager Andrew Gosden describes his experience:

It’s a pain most of us thankfully will never know. The biggest gift we can give these parents and their children this Christmas is to take a few minutes to memorise their precious child’s face and look for them as we do our Christmas shopping. We can take a few moments to encourage others to pass on the Countdown to Christmas link and to re-tweet. It could possibly lead to a family being reunited and a child being back where they belong.

“We still have gifts left for our son in 2007; unopened, untouched. We will go to church but there will be an empty space on the pew beside us. We will sit down to dinner with an empty place at our table and one less cracker to pull. We will open our gifts and enjoy giving them but inside will wish we had an extra one to give to the most special of people.

We will light a candle and wonder if it really can signify hope after so long. We will hug one another and still ache inside because we cannot hug one more much loved person. I don’t think we really know what to do with Christmas any more in our house. Not since Andrew went missing. “

1. Help Find Missing Children provide a service parents hope they will never need. For parents of a missing or abducted child it’s perhaps the worst nightmare anyone can endure they need our support and a rapid response. Help Find My Child (HFMC) are here to raise awareness for missing children by using the latest online technologies to get alerts out fast. Further information see our website :

2. The 12 children focused are listed below with links:

12. Donna Keogh - Missing aged 17, Cleveland 1998

11. Daniel Entwistle - Missing aged 7, Norfolk 2003

10. Hayley Evans - Missing aged 17 - London 2010

9. Mohammed Serok - Missing aged 16 - London 2010

8. Paige Chivers - Missing aged 15 - Blackpool 2007

7. Charles Watkinson - Missing aged 8 - London 2006

5. Jordan Ratcliffe - Missing aged 16 - Manchester 2008

4. Holly Bringan - Missing aged 2 - North Ayrshire 2009

3. Ruth Wilson - Missing aged 16 - Surrey 1995

2. Damien Nettles - Missing aged 16 Isle of Wight 1996

1. Andrew Gosden - Missing aged 14 - Doncaster 2007

3. For media interviews please contact:

Name: Emma Telford
Phone: 07780 997960
Mail: or

Twitter: @helpfindmychild

Charity No.SCO41522

Download Countdown to Christmas Press Release in PDF Form

View Countdown to Christmas Press Release on Scribd

Friday, December 10, 2010

More Good news

I am delighted to say since I last posted we have had some more good news in the missing section of our forum!! We wish all these children well and hope that they have a bright future!




Sunday, December 5, 2010

UK's The Missing Kids Website

Having featured the US site for missing and exploited children, I felt it was important to also feature the UK's services for missing and exploited children. Both systems are similar as the UK site was built with the help of the US center. There are many organizations in the UK that work together to create a network to help find and recover missing and exploited children. The following was taken directly from the UK's Missing Kids website. 

A police website dedicated to finding missing and abducted children.
This is the only Internet site containing details of missing children approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers in England, Scotland and Wales, and the Home Office. It is managed by the  NPIA Missing Persons Bureau and is a partnership with the following organisations:

CA hosts the website, and donates technology and on-going services as part of its Commicmec.orgunity Relations programme.

The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, provides support and works with international agencies to create a global network of partners.

Parents & Abducted Children Together, actively promotes the website and sponsors the distribution of posters. PACT's patron is Cherie Blair. The international charity was founded by Lady Meyer, the wife of Sir Christopher Meyer, who was the British Ambassador to the USA.

 One of the most important services listed on this website is the Child Rescue Alert. It is the equivalent of the Amber Alert system in the US and gets information out on an abducted child via the media with expediency.
Featured Services
Child Rescue Alert 2010

Further information is available on the fact sheet page of The Missing Kids website as shown below:

Fact Sheet

It is estimated by the charity PACT that there are approximately 100,000 instances of children going missing in the UK every year. Some of these children have gone missing on more that one occasion. Further details of this research are contained in the reports Every Five Minutes and Beyond Every Five Minutes which are available on this website.
Speed is critical in locating missing and abducted children. Modern technology offers a unique way in which the public, police, NGOs and the private sector can work together better to protect our children.
The Missing Kids Website was originally created in the USA by the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children   
The website is an extremely secure one fully protected by a complex security system. It is controlled by the police service and only trained police officers' and staff can place information on the site.
The Website displays photographs and descriptions of missing children. By viewing the Website, the public can help the Police bring these children home safely.
The US Website receives 2.8 million "hits" a day. To date one in every six children featured on this site is recovered as a result of someone recognising that child's photograph and calling authorities with information that has directly led to recovery.
The Missingkids Website has already been introduced to 15 countries with the help of Computer Associates (CA).
Each participating country enters its own missing children's cases, tracks leads, and reports progress in a centralised location for law enforcement, families, media, and government agencies to carefully monitor. Only the Police can input information on the UK site.
These national sites are linked to a global network with easy worldwide access. Over 3,000 children's cases are posted.
The technology includes age-progression techniques that have been successful in identifying and retrieving children years after their disappearance.
The Website also allows the downloading of posters of missing and abducted children.
In the United Kingdom, it is managed by the NPIA Missing Persons Bureau, and it is promoted by the charity PACT.
The UK Missingkids Website is the only site of this kind which is approved by the Home Office, ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) and ACPO(S) (Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland).
This state-of-the-art, searchable database can be viewed throughout the world 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Posters of missing children featured on the website, are displayed in Tescos' stores throughout the country.
"This work is important in creating an effective safety net for our children. The problem of missing children does not recognise borders - in fact borders can make the problem of finding and recovering missing children more difficult. This website helps the police work across those borders more effectively."
Assistant Commissioner, Richard Bryan, ACPO lead on Missing Persons.


Portuguese President Cabinet reply to "A Voice for Madeleine" Petition

2 December 2010

Posted by Joana Morais

The email header

Portuguese President Cabinet reply received by email, on December 2, 2010

The email contains a reference text, the petition text in Portuguese and a PDF attachment [see below].

Please find enclosed letter No. 7382 of November 29, 2010.
DSDA - Office of Correspondence of the Portuguese Republic Presidency

Hon. Sir/Madam

I acknowledge the receipt and thank you for sending the exposure made by Your Excellency, requesting the reopening of the case concerning the disappearance of the minor Madeleine McCann.

Albeit understanding the reasons that motivate the referenced exposure, which, in the ambit of principles, reveals a highly commendable concern for the fate of a minor, I hereby inform you, that the matter in question does not fall within the competence of the Portuguese Republic President, a legal and constitutional framework that enshrines the separation of powers, that is, the independence of the

judicial function and the autonomy of the Public Ministry.

Yours sincerely.

The Chief of Staff to the President

José Manuel Nunes Liberato

Petition text [sign here, read here]
Portuguese President Cabinet Reply for Uma Voz para Madeleine Petition
Was it all in vain? I certainly hope not. Joana has stated in the comments on her blog that the petition has already been sent to the Public Ministry, and also to the Ministry of Justice and to the Portuguese Parliament.
Joana, we appreciate your efforts and hope that one day there will be justice for Madeleine McCann, who remains to this day a missing child and look forward with interest to seeing the replies of the other recipients of this petition.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

More Good News On The Forum

I am delighted to say since last posting we have had some more good news in the missing section of our forum!! We wish all these children well and hope that they have a bright future!








Tuesday, November 30, 2010

US Statistics On Missing And Exploited Children

There is so much talk about missing and exploited children by our forum I started to wonder what the actual statistics are and found them on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website. Their site is extensive but I'm sure that we don't have completely accurate numbers because so many children are afraid to report their experiences. I have reprinted their frequently asked questions page with their permission.

How many children are reported missing each year?

The U.S. Department of Justice reports:
  • 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.
  • 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
  • 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.
  • 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. (These crimes involve someone the child does not know or someone of slight acquaintance, who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.)
How many cases of missing children has the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) helped resolve? Since 1984, NCMEC has assisted law-enforcement with more than 168,000 missing-child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 157,720 children.

How many calls does the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's hotline (1-800-THE-LOST®) handle?
In the last quarter of 2010, the Hotline handled an average of 262 service-related calls per day. Since its 1984 inception, the toll-free Hotline has handled more than 2.5 million calls.

How many children have been recovered through AMBER ALERTS?
Since 1997, the Amber Alert program has been credited with the safe recovery of 523 children. To date there is a network of 120 AMBER Plans across the country.

Where can I find statistics about missing and/or exploited children in a particular state?
State-specific statistics are available through state clearinghouses. Click here for a list and contact information.
How many children are victims of online sexual exploitation?
According to the latest online victimization research,
  • Approximately one in seven youth online (10 to 17-years-old) received a sexual solicitation or approach over the Internet.
  • Four percent (4%) received an aggressive sexual solicitation - a solicitor who asked to meet them somewhere; called them on the telephone; or sent them offline mail, money, or gifts.
  • Thirty-four percent (34%) had an unwanted exposure to sexual material -- pictures of naked people or people having sex.
  • Twenty-seven percent (27%) of the youth who encountered unwanted sexual material told a parent or guardian. If the encounter was defined as distressing - episodes that made them feel very or extremely upset or afraid - forty-two percent (42%) told a parent or guardian. 
 How pervasive is the problem of child sexual exploitation?
Research indicates that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before adulthood.
[D. Finkelhor. “Current Information on the Scope and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse.” The Future of Children: Sexual Abuse of Children, 1994, volume 4, page 37.]

How many reports of child exploitation have been made to CyberTipline?
CyberTipline has received more than 972,600 reports since it was established in March 1998.
Reports to CyberTipline involve the possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography, the online enticement of children for sex acts, child prostitution, child sex-tourism, child molestation (not in the family), unsolicited obscene material sent to a child, and misleading domain names.

How many victims of child exploitation have been identified through the Child Victim Identification (CVIP) Program?
Through September 2010, CVIP has information on more than 3,100 child victims from around the world seen in sexually abusive images.
Through September 2010, CVIP Analysts reviewed seized child pornography collections from more than 25,000 investigations across the country, through the Child Recognition and Identification System (CRIS).
CVIP has reviewed and analyzed more than 40,829,500 pornography images and videos.


Predators In The Hood

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police appeal to locate a man who may be a danger to the public (Forcewide)

Avon and Somerset Police need help in locating this man.

I really don't know how they could lose him in the first place though.

His bail condition was that he lived in Worcester..............are there no children there???


 Police in Avon and Somerset are appealing for information to trace a man charged with 26 sexual offences.

Wanted man Robert Hands

Roberts Hands, 53, was last seen in July of this year. He has since failed to appear at Bristol Crown court on the following charges committed between 1999 and 2009:

• 4 counts of rape
• 6 counts of sexual activity with a child with penetration
• 3 counts of sexual activity with a child no penetration
• 3 counts of indecent assault of a girl under the age of 13
• 3 counts of indecency with a child
• 2 counts of inciting sexual activity with a child
• 5 counts of making indecent images of children

He is described as white; around 5ft 9 inches tall, of a heavy build, with shoulder length brown/greying hair which is sometimes tied in a pony tail. He has a grey beard, sometimes in a goatee style and sometimes full face, blue eyes, and scar on left side of abdomen.

He is known to considerably change his appearance.

Robert Hands was last seen in Worcester where he was living as part of his bail conditions. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and numerous attempts have been made to find him in areas he has previously been linked. These include the West Midlands, West Mercia, Humberside, and Devon & Cornwall Police. He is also connected to addresses in the Worcester, Droitwich, Bilston, Hull, and Teignmouth area.

Mr Hands is potentially a danger to the public. Anyone who may know his whereabouts is asked to call Avon and Somerset police on 0845 456 7000 or contact your local police if not in the Avon and Somerset area.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Watkins Missing Children

Stephen Watkins is a member of Peace4 the Missing and recently left the following info on our network ... sharing here as well in hope that his boys may soon come home to him ...

“Watkins Missing Children” in the 4th Annual Mashable Awards NEWS Article by:

Sara Huizenga

Founder of Peace4 the Missing

To vote for the Watkins video:

1- GOTO -

2 - LOG-IN Using - FaceBook / Twitter


4 - CATEGORY - Best Web Video

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Good News Update

We have had some good news in our Missing section of the forum in the last couple of days!!
It gives us all a lift knowing that these children have been located and returned to a safe place!!








Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Voice For Madeleine

Joana Morais Blog 

15 November 2010

Posted by Joana Morais

Maddie's olfactory memory was washed off from her favourite plush toy, cuddle cat -
image based on a real photograph from the Process Files Volume VIII, page 2098
The McCann couple wants to review the case? Well, let's help them, not merely to review the case, but to reopen it!

Surely, the McCann couple's ultimate goal with their 31 000 plus, unverified, easily hacked and multiple signed petition is to have the case of Madeleine, their missing daughter, reopened?

Undoubtedly, the couple's latest interviews alleging that their private and costly rent-a-cops are «the only ones looking» for Madeleine - where they have also complained over the «depleted» fund, at least, in the UK media and «not so quite depleted» in the Portuguese media - have the ultimate goal of pressuring the authorities, specifically, the only Police that has jurisdiction and the permission to investigate criminal cases in the sovereign country of Portugal - the Portuguese Judiciary Police - to continue the search for their daughter?

Unquestionably, the fact that the McCann couple are writing a new book to fill the private limited company fund coffers, a book that is to be published in April 2011(?) of which they have already received an «advance» shows in their own peculiar 'McCann way, that the couple are truly willing to do something more active than the usual media spins - who knows, they might even be willing, this time, to answer the questions left unanswered back in 2007 or to finally do an official reconstruction as asked by the police, so the criminal investigation into their daughter's disappearance can be resumed.

So, let's help the McCann couple, let's help them by asking, as it is our right, for the Portuguese Public Ministry [the Attorney General] to reopen the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance - not for them. For their daughter!

How? Let us use the power that we have as citizens, our voices together in a real petition, united for a real purpose, with real and validated signatures, intended to do one thing alone: to reopen a missing child's case. A case that was archived due to the poor cooperation of some people, namely the child's parents and the child's parents' friends; and due to the political and economic interference and interests, of certain people from both the United Kingdom and Portugal.

Three and a half years ago, a couple left three young children with a combined aged of seven, alone in an apartment whilst they went out to have dinner with other seven adult friends in a restaurant about 100 meters away; from that restaurant none of the group of nine people, pictured above, could keep their children safe in sight, nor hear them, nor help them in case of an emergency; - a three year old child, soon to be four, mysteriously disappeared in consequence of those irresponsible, and criminally punishable actions.

Three and a half years later, the investigation case files are well known to many - to those who took the time to read them; and so are the diligences that a hasty archival prevented the Judiciary Police of concluding.

It is our right to demand the reopening as tax paying and as law abiding citizens, who share a common public interest - to stop the farce that has been affecting both our countries' relations, in spite of what an oblivious demissionary Ambassador has said and a non-demissionary one has written; a perverse mockery of Social and Justice systems, of shared common values and ethics, something that certain unscrupulous people would rather see dismissed under a big carpet; and also to prevent other children being abused by Team McCann PR spins and a equally abusing world wide voracious media - I recall the deceased Mari Luz Cortés and her family as the most damning example.

Above all, it is our right to demand the reopening of Madeleine's case, simply because it is inadmissible for a missing child case, independently of colour, religion or nationality, to be archived when the Police clearly believes that there are further steps to be taken!

It is time to speak for those who can't. It's time to speak up for Madeleine.

Take Action! Sign the petition: A Voice For Madeleine · Uma Voz Por Madeleine · Une voix pour Madeleine · Eine Stimme für Madeleine · Una Voz para Madeleine · Een Stem voor Madeleine·

[All emphasis - emboldened and underlined - is attributed to the original author: Joana Morais]


Read the McCann's petition HERE!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

10,000 UK paedophiles 'named and shamed' on CHRIS website

The Telgraph
Internet vigilante publishes database naming 10,000 paedophiles

7:30AM GMT 05 Nov 2010

Campaigner Chris Wittwer, 35, posted names, pictures and details of sex offenders across Britain on his site CHRIS (Children Have Rights In Society).

He said he had spent ''every waking hour'' for three years gathering police mugshots of registered sex offenders to compile the gallery of sex offenders.

It means anyone can see who has been convicted of a sexual assault in their area.

But the site was criticised by police who said the information may push paedophile rings underground as they move away from areas in a bid to conceal their identity.

There are also fears that vigilante groups may target those named and photographed for reprisals.
Mr Wittwer, of Exminster, Devon, has spent years creating his comprehensive database, which went live yesterday and said parents have the right to know where registered paedophiles live.

Father-of two Mr Wittwer said: ''It is not just about naming and shaming but also to provide support for all survivors of abuse.

''It has taken three years of research and another six months to get the site set up.
''I feel really proud. It's quite an achievement and if it helps people spot sex offenders living in their area who are a known risk to children, I've done a good thing.''

Mr Wittwer compiled details of convicted sex offenders by checking local newspapers and court records before cross-referencing them against the national sex offenders' register.

The ex-Army chef had previously tried to list paedophiles on a Facebook site, which was closed down by police.

But warehouse worker Mr Wittwer was able to start again after showing he was not breaking any laws by presenting information already in the public domain.

The website is expected to receive in excess of 250,000 hit today (Friday) after going online for the first time last night.

He says he will keep adding to his website until it features details of all all 180,000 convicted paedophiles in Britain.

Mr Wittwer said: ''Child abuse is a problem in this country that nobody seems to want to tackle head on.

''I certainly don't want to encourage or condone violence against these offenders, but people need to be aware of dangerous paedophiles living in their area.

''We are predicting so much traffic to the site that we needed to get a special server. It's a massive project, but totally worthwhile.''

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said it already followed nationally recognised protocols to manage sex registered sex offenders, which had proved ''effective''.

He said: ''The open disclosure of the details of registered sex offenders, such as that on the CHRIS website, is not a process that Devon & Cornwall Police encourages.

''It is felt this disclosure may actually make it more difficult to manage these individuals, as they become reluctant to keep authorities updated with their living arrangements and they become more difficult to track and manage.

''The website as it stands is not breaking any laws as all the information has previously been published in the public domain.

''However, it is felt the collating and publishing of this material raises awareness of where these individuals are living and ultimately may inhibit people's safety rather than protecting it - the offenders may seek to move on without updating authorities.''

* Mr Wittwer' website was due to go live on Thursday night.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

McCanns Sign Missing Madeleine Book Deal

Sky News

Jo Couzens, Sky News Online

Monday November 15, 2010

Kate and Gerry McCann have signed a deal to write a book about their daughter Madeleine's disappearance and their efforts to find her.

Kate and Gerry McCann have already started writing their book

After a major bidding war, Transworld has won the rights to the couple's account of how the youngster vanished on a family holiday in Portugal in 2007.

All proceeds from the book will go to the McCanns' official fund to search for Madeleine, which had been in danger of running out next year.

The details of the publishing deal have not been released but it is believe to include a "substantial" advance and "enhanced royalties" giving the McCanns a bigger share of the sales profits.

The book, which will be called Madeleine, will be published on April 28 next year to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the young girl's disappearance.

Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information - knowingly or not - to come forward and share it with our team. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw.
Gerry McCann on the book deal with Transworld 

Mrs McCann, 42, said: "My reason for writing is simple - to give an account of the truth.
"Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart.

"However, in the last few months, with the depletion of Madeleine's Fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands.

"Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine.

Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl."

Madeleine McCann went missing in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007

Her husband, also 42, added: "We are hopeful that this book may help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways, too.

"Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information - knowingly or not - to come forward and share it with our team. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw."

Transworld has acquired the rights to publish the book - which is already partly written by the McCanns - in the UK, the Commonwealth and Europe.

Former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral accused the McCanns in his book

The west London-based publisher is home to best-selling authors including The Da Vinci Code writer Dan Brown, fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are fighting a legal battle against former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral over his book alleging that Madeleine died in the apartment and that her parents faked her abduction - something they strongly deny.

The appeal court in Lisbon last month overturned an injunction obtained by the couple banning publication of Mr Amaral's work, Maddie: The Truth Of The Lie

Monday, November 15, 2010

The End of My World: The shocking true story of a young girl forced to become a sex slave

by Emma Jackson

ISBN-10: 0091930529
ISBN-13: 9780091930523
Publisher: Ebury Press
Published: 4/2/2010
‘I’d never have guessed that when your world’s tumbling down you can carry on as usual. But it wasn’t like I had a big sign on my back saying “I’ve been raped.” Nobody noticed a thing.’

Emma was just 13 when her happy childhood came crashing down. She had no idea the young lads she and her friends met every Saturday in the shopping mall weren’t all they seemed.

The boys were part of an organised gang targeting innocent young girls, grooming them for prostitution. Captivated by the ring leader, Emma didn’t see the first brutal rape coming. From then on, her life was never her own …

This is the harrowing true story of how a nice girl from a good home found herself drawn into a trap of degradation and violence, frightened for her life and not knowing where to turn. But it is also the story of finding the courage and inner strength to risk everything, and escape.

What the critics say...

Emma's account is both heart-wrenching and convincing in every detail
Independent on Sunday

Read the reviews on Amazon...

This is a deeply disturbing book that I read in the first instance out of curiosity. How is it possible for a thirteen-year old girl from a warm and loving family, still at school and living at home, to become enmeshed in the sex trade?
Truly amazing book, the best true story i have ever read, cant believe how these things happen and are still happening.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A boyfriend or a pimp??

 Children (mostly girls, but not always) as young as 10 years old are groomed, trafficked and sexually exploited by older men. When I say ‘older men’, I don't mean 50-60 year olds, I mean men in their mid 20's - young enough to make the excuse of being a boyfriend.

The victims are offered drinks, cigarettes, drugs etc. but later are made to repay the favours by having sex with friends of the man concerned. This in many situations is the beginning of years of sexual abuse.

The link to a story in the Daily Mail from earlier this year tells of horrific abuse to a young girl who was prostituted out by a group of Asian men. Sadly this is not a ‘one-off’ by any means.

According to the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) approximately 35 accused go through the legal system each year under charges of human trafficking.
Barnardos quote a figure of approx 75 victims of trafficking a year with as many as 1,000 victims falling prey to pimping or prostitution.

 The problem is, from what I can understand from the Crown Prosecution Services, that because it is so difficult to get a conviction for charges of human trafficking it is more common to try for a lesser conviction of rape. This of course masks the true extent of the problem and leaves the accused with a much more lenient sentence and able to return to their disgusting activities within months of the court case.

Although this problem is rife in parts of Northern England it does happen all over the country, victims are alienated from their families and find it incredibly difficult to rebuild their lives if they are lucky enough to escape from the culture of abuse.