Bulgaria to begin using the ‘Amber Alert’ child abduction alert system

Bulgaria to begin using the ‘Amber Alert’ child abduction alert system

Bulgaria is the 18th EU country to use Amber Alert, a child abduction alert system developed in the United States, the Ministry of the Interior in Sofia announced. In the US, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Malaysia and some European countries, Amber Alert has helped the authorities to locate and save hundreds of children who were abducted.

Amber Alert was named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old who was kidnapped and murdered in Texas in 1996. In the US, the system is connected to radio and TV stations, commercial electronic billboards and social media. There is also an e-mail system, which automatically sends out messages to registered people in the area in which a child went missing.

In Europe, Amber Alert connects NGOs, law enforcement agencies and ministries. It is supposed to trigger searches for missing children in all of the European Union. But so far only 18 out of 28 EU countries have implemented the system…/IBNA

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