Child abduction: parents beware (letter)by Frank BelletNews Weekly
, September 21, 2002
The spate of child abductions in America has prompted a private detective there to conduct an experiment which should act as an eye-opener, not only for American parents, but also for Australians.
Talking on American television, he spoke of how, with the support of his local district attorney and the co-operation of six parents, he arranged for them to take their children, aged from five to 10 years, to play in six different locations in a large park.
Looking a bit sinister in very dark sunglasses, he told the parents he would drive up next to each child, to see if he could entice them to climb into his car. All six parents insisted he would not succeed, as they had lectured their children at length on the dangers of child molesters, following a recent string of child murders.
When he approached the children, he told the younger ones he had some candy for them in the car. The older ones were asked if they would help him find his puppy.
The parents were horrified - five of the six children climbed into the car, and he shut the door.Frank Bellet,