Article out of Australia about the reasons people walk away

Thought I’d give a shout-out to this article, where they talk about some of the reasons people choose to walk out of their lives. The information was obtained through interviews with Australian people who had done this and then returned. The article notes that

Nearly all missing persons (97%) return within two weeks, which causes these cases to be seen, by both the public and , as simple search operations. Viewing missing persons in this way ignores the underlying issues that trigger disappearances, making prevention strategies more difficult to put in place.

Most of the people who were interviewed said they left during “periods of distress or poor mental health, as well as in response to trauma in their families.” Half of them returned of their own accord and half were found by the police. Support services ought to be provided when they get back, but rarely are.

3 thoughts on “Article out of Australia about the reasons people walk away

  1. Patrick Kerrigan August 9, 2020 / 7:22 pm

    I heard on news broadcast that there are 6 people missing from Idlewild, California. Which I believe is in Riverside County. These people have been missing for several months. Supposedly there is no connection to these people. One of them may have disappeared while out hiking.

  2. Crunch August 10, 2020 / 8:01 pm

    Hey Meaghan!

    Because of recent events, I have been reading a lot about human trafficking and I wonder how many of the missing people on Charley are victims? Are there any obvious cases?

    • Meaghan August 10, 2020 / 9:14 pm

      Honestly, probably a significant percentage of the runaways are being sex trafficked. They’re the ones most at risk.

      Unfortunately though, most children who are sex trafficked are being sold by members of their own families. A trafficking victim’s story recently got published on Upworthy and her case was like that:

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