More than 14,000 children have disappeared in Turkey in the last five years alone. A special police unit has been formed to look for those still missing.
The General Command of the Turkish Gendarmerie says human trafficking is involved in most cases, and that children are being kidnapped as laborers, child soldiers and even for the illegal organ trade. Although most have since been found, 834 children who disappeared within the last five years remain missing. Currently the police are looking for almost 1500 children.