A new report from a United Kingdom charity called Missing People found that missing Asian and Black people are less likely to be found than white people, The Guardian reports.
The report incorporated information from police departments and local authorities throughout the United Kingdom. It found that a lower proportion of missing person cases involving Black and Asian adults were resolved by police.
According to The Mirror, the report also revealed specifically that Black and Asian children tend to be missing longer than white children. In those cases, Black and Asian children are less likely to be reported as “at risk” because of their mental health than missing white children.
The report found that 20 percent of missing person incidents involving Black children went on for longer than 48 hours compared to 14 percent for Asian children and 13 percent for white children, The Guardian reports.
Jahnine Davis, Director of Listen Up, an organization dedicated to helping vulnerable children that worked with Missing People on the report, called the findings “heartbreaking.”
“It is heartbreaking and I think what we need to do as a society is really dig deep and question our roles in how we are perpetuating these issues,” she told The Mirror.
“And what we see are children who are racialized, already experiencing a level of marginalization just for the sheer color of their skin – we now know are less likely to receive the responses they need when they are at their most vulnerable.”
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