A Wigan mother who fought a two year battle to regain custody of her daughter has launched a campaign aimed at making international abduction more difficult.
Sarah Taylor, from Hindley Green in Greater Manchester, was reunited with daughter Nadia, then six, in December 2009, two and a half years after the girl had been abducted into Libya by her father Fawzi Abu Arghub.
The 36 year old mother now wants the government to introduce a check on children’s passports to prevent international abductions.
In a new e-petition she writes:
“Each year 500 British children are taken out of the UK by a non-UK parent or relative against the wishes of the British parent. We are asking that the Government put in place a ‘stop’ system at ports and exit points to ensure emigration checks against UK children’s status to prevent abduction. British parents who are concerned about possible abduction should be able to register their concerns and have this ‘stop’ put against their child’s passport which would deter and prevent exit at UK ports.”
Taylor told Wigan Today:
“More children are going missing every year and the problem is increasing. Something needs to be put in place to stop our children leaving the country. I want to be able to place stop notices at airports, especially if there’s been a breakdown in a marriage. I’ve been through this myself and it’s not a nice thing to have done so I’m just trying to raise as much attention as I can.”
“The ease with which Nadia left Manchester Airport is troubling, and this proposes a simple strategy which I think is achievable and would give huge reassurance to parents.”
Photo of Manchester Airport by lucidtech via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence