70% of runaway children leave voluntarily, says foundation

national January 12, 2019 13:22

By The Nation

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About 70 per cent of children who run away from home do it voluntarily, Ekalak Lumchomkhae, head of the Mirror Foundation's missing persons and anti-human trafficking information project, told Nation TV.



The largest group of runaways is aged between 11-15 years old and it may be because that period it is a turning point in their lives from childhood to teenager. They also a develop romantic love bonds with others, said Ekalak, and as they have easier access to social media they could be lured away by someone.

Statistics reported to the Mirror Foundation show there were 423, 408 and 310 missing children in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and 70 per cent of them ran away from homes by themselves, he said.

According to the law, those who lure children aged under 15 years old away from their home can be jailed for three to 15 years and fined between Bt60,000 to Bt300,000.