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    Missing Child Exploiters

    We talk about these groups in many cases, and many of our cases are discussed in this article.

    Snip from part I: "“Anybody who inserts themselves into a situation like this can be a rogue element,” says Marc Klaas, whose daughter Polly was abducted and murdered in 1993.

    Klaas has spent recent years trying to bring the issue of missing child exploiters to the attention of law enforcement, but he says there are few ways to do it."


    Feel free to discuss here.

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    Another quote from that article: "“High profile means media rich and there are individuals who will exploit your child’s tragedy to cash in their fifteen minutes of fame,” Klaas’ website says. “You need neither new best friends nor an entourage. Your goal is to find ways to promote your child’s case and further the investigation.”

    It really saddens me.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Very sad

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    I know it! I'm glad to see that Marc is speaking out about it. And I do hope we can continue to keep an aura of integrity about this on Websleuths.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Kimster, what an eye opening article. The thought that one would seek to profit from a tragedy is disgraceful at best. My prayers to those in need of answers and help. Am still simply shaking my head in disgust...

    Where are you Angel?

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    If you think about it, it isn't that surprising though. I mean, look at how people that go through natural disasters are taken? This is a really good thing to keep in mind and is the reason Tricia turns down all requests that she supports donations unless she knows personally where the money is going.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Excellent article! Looking forward to part two.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    MD 'burbs of Washington DC
    These predators that prey on the missing's family just tick me off to no end... this is a HUGE issue in these cases that not many pay attention to. As if it isn't bad enough that families are in pain and turmoil because their loved one is missing and many due to a criminal element, then you have this other layer of predatory wolves in sheep's clothing waltzing in to take advantage of the situation. It is well past time to put a stop to it...

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    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Having watched the big $$$ turnover in the cases of Madeleine McCann, Caylee Anthony, and lower $$ (but still money makers) in many other cases, I wonder who is taking advantage.

    There is of course the street level con (using the case and a PO box to siphon off $)
    There is the family, who are occasionally also suspects who will play victims to make $$$.
    There are also lawyers, PI's, media types and National Organizations who also like to hitch their wagons to high profile cases. They operate on donations and also need the face time.

    Whilst there is money to be made on the backs of missing children, someone will always take advantage. That's Capitalism.

    Sickens and saddens me.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    deep dark sadness!

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