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« Reply #150 on: November 21, 2013, 06:33:07 PM »
Three women held captive for 30 years were found, and now free, Scotland Yard reports.

British police announced today that three women - a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, 57-year-old Irish woman and 30-year-old Briton - held in captivity against their will for 30 years, were freed.  One of the women called Freedom Charity after seeing a television documentary on the initiatives of Freedom Charity to fight forced marriages,  stating that she has been held in a house in London. Freedom Charity took immediate action and notified police. The women have had some "controlled freedom" but have been described as "highly traumatized" victims. Police are unsure where the youngest victim was born, but they believe that she has experienced "servitude" her entire life.

"Facilitating their escape was achieved using utmost sensitivity and secrecy and with the safety of the women as our primary concern," said Aneeta Prem, spokesperson for Freedom Charity.  The charity built trust with the women and coaxed them out of the house, communicating through prearranged phone calls. It was when they saw police gathered outside the house that they made their move.

According to the Met's Human Trafficking Unit this case is unprecedented, "We've seen some cases where people have been held for up to 10 years, but we've never seen anything of this magnitude before."

A man and a woman, both 67, from Lambeth, south of London, have been arrested by London's Human Trafficking Unit.

Disturbingly, Anthony Steen, UK Special Envoy for Human Trafficking is unsurprised by the discovery, "We don't know the number but we know it's pretty huge. Domestics are hidden away." He said, "The difference between slavery when it was manifest in America -- as it was in England -- was that you could see it everywhere...Since then having abolished it, it's grown, it's got bigger and bigger -- in fact they say it's between 10 and 20 times the size it was in the 1800s."

Let's "hope" they get a handle on this, immediately. Prayers to the women, and all others.

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/21/world/europe/uk-captivity-arrests/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #151 on: November 24, 2013, 07:44:32 PM »
Would this MOm reunited with her son after him being missing for 30 years

http://ow.ly/r8B4N

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« Reply #152 on: December 31, 2013, 08:55:21 PM »
They call it a custom, we call it child kidnapping abduction and cruelty to children. She was missing for a week. Beaten repeatedly. You see some call it customary in Ethiopia that if a man wants to marry a young girl, a group of "men" take her against her will without her family's knowledge and with no mercy. They beat the girl down and often rape her (yes, can you imagine a "man" wants to marry a girl so he and his buddies beat and rape her?) until she is shocked and terrified. Until...she "agrees" to marry him. This girl was a mere 12 years old, the youngest of four siblings.

The news article - and I have to quote this as it is so hard to believe we can all read it worldwide and the kids continue to be terrorized and the perps continue to be allowed to be beasts - "Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia. The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country's 71 million people live."  (If I do this math correctly, that would mean 49.7 MILLION (70% of 71 million) are privy to this outlandish behavior. (We are entering year 2014, aren't we?)

At any rate, this story has a somewhat hopeful ending.

Three lions - mind you, not humans - surrounded the girl forcing the seven men (who had beaten her repeatedly for one WEEK) to flee. The lions continued to guard her until authorities and her relatives found her. "They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest," said Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo who verified the story.

"A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn't eat her," said Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert with the rural development ministry.  He estimates that even though the lion is Ethiopia's national symbol, only 1,000 lions remain in the wild as hunters kill them for their skins and their large black manes.

Four of the seven men have been caught.

Believe in miracles yet?

(Perhaps a miracle that shows potential perps how to be attractive and respectful to a prospective woman they would like to marry would be the next miracle on the list for us to wish for. They will never know the power of real love. It amazes me that they don't try. How could you be proud of yourself if you have to force someone to be with you? So sad, really.)

Source:  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/8305836/#.UsN9pCgrz0c .
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« Reply #153 on: December 31, 2013, 10:09:32 PM »
I hadn't realized that goes on in Ethiopia. The Ethiopians I know must be of the 30% who are not treated this way. Also they are from the cities rather than the poorer contryside.
There was a beautiful black model who began her career in England and then moved to USA, however her start in life in Africa was horrid. As a child of about nine she had been "stitched" ... a painful and unhealthy practice ... and was able to escape her aunt's house where this was going on. As she ran in the countryside she also came face to face with a lion which just looked at her and didn't make a move. I wish I could remember her name and post her story, however she was able to get to England through some very kind english people and went into modelling when she finished school. Later she married and moved to USA. That a lion will not touch, or will protect an injured human species is most interesting.

Thanks for sharing the article Concerned. Will those men ever learn to love? I truly wonder since it is likely so ingrained in them to be the controllers.

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #154 on: January 06, 2014, 08:14:33 PM »
http://globalnews.ca/news/1063209/man-reunited-with-family-after-news-photo-shows-him-keeping-warm-on-street/

Man reunited with family after news photo shows him keeping warm on street.


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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #156 on: January 25, 2014, 09:24:11 PM »
He was almost five years old living in India traveling on a train with his brother. His brother told him to stay put and he would be right back. So little Saroo Brierley fell asleep. He woke up on an empty train the next day. He had no idea where he was. An Australia couple adopted him. But, he never gave up. He had a photographic memory and he remembered landmarks. It would be 26 years later that he used Google Earth to look at the geographic sites, they become familiar... so he took a trip and he found his home, and around the corner was his mother standing there. The rest is history.

There story is told on the following video:

Saroo Brierley: Homeward Bound
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXEvZ8B04bE

A wonderful story. We need more of these.

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« Reply #157 on: January 26, 2014, 12:14:33 PM »
Thanks Concerned.  It is a truly remarkable story.   :)

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« Reply #158 on: February 04, 2014, 07:37:03 PM »
Nathan Slinkard is his name. He was 5 when he was abducted with his brother Andrew, 7, and sister Sydney, 3, in October 1995. His mother failed to return the children to their father, as ordered by the court.

Last week, 18 years after the abduction and now 23 years old, Nathan flew from Guadalajara, Mexico, to Indianapolis where he was greeted by his father and aunt. He is staying with his father. Although detail of when they fled outside of the U.S. and where they lived and what happened to the other children has not been publicly released, officials have said they are safe and unconfined.

Two investigators - Sheriff's Department Lt. Ted Munden, the local investigator that has been assigned to the case, and Merideth Morrison, the representative from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - were on hand to witness the joy.

I must say, I hope many, many other investigators get the privilege of seeing their case subjects have such a resolve.

Welcome home, Nathan! (Boy, that sounds good.)

Source:  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/02/04/22575097-indiana-man-back-home-18-years-after-abduction and http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/parent/trena-faith-slinkard/nathan-slinkard/view.
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« Reply #159 on: February 04, 2014, 08:07:05 PM »
You know those young "kids" (usually over 70 years old) that wander out and don't tell anyone, but don't make it home because they have the onset of dementia and/or Alzheimer's - well sometimes they get dangerously lost, or stuck.

This happened to Bill Byerley's, 30, grandparents, Elaine and Vern Schweisthal, 85 and 89,  who were usually creatures of habit and checked on daily. So, when their vehicles were not in the drive, and the lights were off in the evening, the family knew something was up. They soon found out their Friday lunch date was stood up as well.

Byerley, a web developer by trade who is also trained in search and rescue, started a Facebook page immediately. Neighbors and friends shared posts allowing him to quickly assemble 200 local volunteers to canvas the area and racked up 650 FB page likes and over 40,000 post views.

A tip from a woman who had seen the couple at a truck stop allowed Byerley to announce a narrowing area of interest. So, a woman from the Princeton, Illinois, area decided to take a drive around the area's little known backroads and seldom used routes. Low and behold, she located them stranded on a remote gravel farm road in their Camry that had run out of gas.

They didn't recall eating or drinking for two days, nor recall lodging anywhere in the area. In fact, Vern only thought they had been gone a day. But, Elaine would have you know she thought she was on vacation.  Their vehicle reports their venture packed on 950 miles for what was suppose to be a 20-minute trip.

The morale: Some people find some who are lost when they set out to do good for someone they don't even know after hearing about someone in need that someone else read about after a community member makes a heartfelt plea for help in finding  loved ones who went missing. Huh?

It happens. Believe it.

Source:  http://mashable.com/2013/09/11/man-saves-grandparents-facebook/
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« Reply #160 on: February 07, 2014, 12:58:47 PM »
Yeah, this was a great example of the proper way to employ a facebook campaign. Its not all bad stuff that goes on there. When searching for missing people, every available tool  should be employed as fast as possible. This couple was very lucky.

A while back in an area where I used to live,  an elderly genleman with some dementia thought he was driving his old sales route. He was eventually located at a farm some 70 miles or so from home where he had made deliveries but had not been back to for almost 30 years. Its extremely hard to predcict or figure out where to search when this sort of behaviour can arise.
good one concerned, that fb campaign should be studied for how it was done to get the word around so well so fast.

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« Reply #161 on: February 07, 2014, 01:22:22 PM »
An excellent example as to what FB can do. Facebook has its place that is for sure. Shawn Hornbeck found an Appeal for info on his missing on a FB.  Cops just love it - to check to see who the suspect's  friends are, and future employers will also take a peek.

- other than that, it is helpful in missing persons, not only to bring it to the public, but usually to soothe families with wonderful supportive messages, which can go a long way.  jmo

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Re: Just in Case You Need Some Hope Today
« Reply #162 on: February 23, 2014, 08:03:31 AM »
I thought I would add this to our "hope" repertoire, as strange as it may seem. It is about a neuroscientist that discovers - later in life - that he, himself, is a psychopath. 

I found this short video interesting. A man who studies the brain and diagnoses brain abnormality in others, finally unbeknownst to him - but obviously known for years by his peers - comes to learn he is a psychopath.  He says it hit him much like a ton of bricks - the five requirements and a look into his past, and it all made sense.

The thing that brings me much hope, though, is that he is a psychopath that has never killed. He claims his most profound quality to be  manipulation to get what he wants. He says he didn't have to kill, harm others, or violate anyone because he had a life of what he wanted. Is there something that can be learned from this? Something that can help us rehabilitate where some had thought the ability did not exist? We can only hope.

Here's a clip from an interview:
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/health/2014/02/22/sgmd-doctor-psychopath.cnn.html

I would be interested in reading his book now.
Book:  "The Psychopath Inside" - James Fallon, author, Neuroscientist and Self-Proclaimed Psychopath


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« Reply #163 on: February 23, 2014, 12:33:42 PM »
I found it profoundly amazing to learn that few psychopaths cross the boundaries and break the law. Sociopaths as well.
We tend to use them interchangeably meaning one and the same. I have learned that there is a difference between a sociopath and a psychopath. I believe there is a thread under general where it gives the difference.
They are excellent at manipulation and controlling. Many leaders have these characteristics, and stay within the law .

On this site, we deal with socio or psycho killers, and it easy to assume that all psycho's and socio's are potential killers to be avoided at all costs.

 However,  I think we have all met one in our lives, as  they can be exceedingly witty, charming and fun to be around, but  don't expect their sincere compassion or sympathy, since they are not capable.

Since  empathy is not one of their strong points, they will leave the relationship, friendship, or in the case of bosses, fire you  with a shrug and move on.

 Psycho's make up the rules as they go along, and expect others to follow suit. Sadly, very often people do follow them, until they get burned (so to speak).

Thanks Concerned for your post.

jb

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« Reply #164 on: April 11, 2014, 07:49:17 PM »
Just 14-years-old, Amber Creek referred to as a habitual runaway who was in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services because even though her father loved her, he couldn't keep her out of drugs and alcohol and handed her to the state in December 1996. Even though the children's shelter noted her missing one month later on January 23, 1997, they didn't report her as missing until February 28 - 5 weeks after they last saw her, but over 2 weeks after her body was found in a marsh in Wisconsin, another state. She was buried as "Jane Doe" and over 100 people that didn't even know her - or know who she was - attended her burial.

Amber had been beaten, sexually assaulted and asphyxiated by a bag over her head. That bag had fingerprints and DNA was found on her body, but there was no match in the Wisconsin system or the FBI's database of 49 states. So, imagine how the Wisconsin authorities must have felt after hundreds of hours of investigation and 17 years later to get a phone call from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. They were conducting a cold case project and discovered latent fingerprint comparison technology and found a DNA match to James P. Eaton, a 36-year-old bank operations manager from Illinois. He was 19 when Amber was murdered.

Investigators located and followed Eaton until he smoked and discarded two cigarettes. Those cigarettes, a paper bag, and bodily fluids would match him to Amber's murder. A preliminary hearing is set for April 16. Eaton could face life in prison, but he's had nearly two decades of freedom in the meantime.

Sometimes we get resolve. Not necessarily what we had expected or hoped for, but peace in knowing people cared enough to look, investigate, and prosecute even when a case goes cold. As for the Illinois system, they now photograph and fingerprint the children that come through their program and they report them missing right away.

Source: http://www.hlntv.com/article/2014/04/11/amber-creek-murder-arrest-james-eaton-cigarette-dna