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Mother of missing child urges police to be more attentive

A mother whose child went missing in Saraburi four years ago is calling on the police to pay more attention to cases related to missing children.

Manee Thongchum, whose daughter Jeerapat "Gigi" Thongchum was reportedly abducted in Saraburi's Kaeng Khoi district on September 17, 2010, and has yet to be found, said she welcomed the request by Thai police for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to help with such cases.

"This training [with the FBI] is good for families whose children have gone missing because it should help the police do better in bringing the missing children back home," she said.

Manee also said an agency directly in charge of missing-children cases should be linked up with police stations nationwide, in the same way agencies in charge of hunting down stolen motorcycles and cars are.

"It should be possible to share information on missing children. It would be even better if the information on missing children could be shared on people's mobile phones. If we did not have the Mirror Foundation, nobody would even know about missing children."

However, she acknowledged that police nowadays appeared to be more alert about missing children compared with three years ago.

"I understand that the police have a lot to be responsible for, but at least when little children go missing, they should pay extra attention. Today it might be another person's child that is affected, tomorrow it could be yours."

She also called on the police force to pay equal attention to high-profile cases and those of ordinary citizens.


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