Number of missing kids increases

There has been an increase in the number of teenage girls who disappear, says Missing Children SA.

Missing Children SA is concerned about an increase in the number of teenage girls who disappear.

CAPE TOWN - There has been an increase in the number of teenage girls who disappear, Missing Children SA said on Sunday.

Luncinda Laubscher, aged 14, was last seen at her Tableview, Cape Town, home three weeks ago, while 16-year-old Bellville resident Charmonix Barry has been missing for a week.

Dozens of children are reported missing over the June-July school holidays, with Missing Children South Africa's Judy Olivier saying several 13- to 16-year-old girls have gone missing over the past few weeks.

She said social media plays a big role.

"It's girls who meet people on a social network; they go and see these people who offer them wonderful opportunities, only to find themselves in very difficult situations."

Olivier said some girls are forced into prostitution, while others end up victims of human trafficking.

The organisation is still trying to find over 120 children reported missing, some as far back as 2000.