IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE… @KarensStories @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

In this piece, Author, Karen Black gives us the facts and stats on the case of missing children.  This piece will make you think and encourage you to keep a watchful eye on your kids, young and older. 

This piece is not intended to scare you, but if it does, good.  Maybe we’ll have fewer missing kid reports due to that.  

In honor of all the young innocent lives so senselessly stolen from their loved ones, we will never give up looking for you, and bringing the kind of attention abductors do not want, to this horrible crime.

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IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

There are bad people out there.  It does not take a lot of research to find information about the horrors that occur within society daily. We read about it on the internet, in newspapers, and in magazines, hear about it on the radio and see it on television. Crime is an everyday occurrence, and unless it directly affects family, friends, or even little-known acquaintances, it is easy to skim over and move on to something more pleasant. But can you even imagine the horror of the disappearance of a child?

When human trafficking hits the headlines, sexual slavery frequently comes to mind, but sex isn’t the only reason that children are taken. There is a market for farmworkers, dockworkers, nannies, or housemaids. They are dependent on their abductor for food and shelter and receive little else in return for long hours of backbreaking labor.

Drug abuse, malnutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, and suicide are frequently the outcome for those forced into slavery. Most children who are affected range in age from eleven to fourteen years old. According to Ark of Hope for Children, the average life expectancy for an abducted child is seven years from the date of abduction. Frightening, isn’t it?

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that one in seven runaways become victims of sex trafficking. Sadly, the promise of friendship, money, prestige, and most of all love, draws many young people into a life of regret, pain, and depression. It is a horrible, but lucrative big business that lures children and young adults every day.

But toddlers and infants are also targets; they, however, are simply stolen. In the USA, three-hundred-fifty children are abducted by strangers each year. That is one child almost every day.

According to UNICEF statistics, a little one can be sold for $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 to a family who wants a child. With a small investment and knowledge of someone willing to pay the price, there is no lack of scumbags willing to steal a child in exchange for a substantial monetary gain.

Child kidnappings can happen anywhere;  a department store, a playground, even the child’s backyard. But the more common abductions occur where there are crowds and a lot of chaos, like at an amusement park, a national border, or an overcrowded shelter. A child can be taken in the blink of an eye.

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THEY’RE GONE is not a true story, but it could be.

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THEY'RE GONE by Karen Black

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75 comments

  1. Karen, I purchased your book and can’t wait to read it. Congratulations! This is a topic that we can’t talk enough about. I can’t imagine the horror one goes through from the experience of being abducted or losing someone to that way of life or even death. It’s a sad situation. There are a lot of bad people in this world. I pray they get the punishment they deserve.

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    • There are truly bad people, Shirley. I continue to believe that there are more good than bad and pray that the goodness will prevail. In the meantime, we need to take care of each other, especially the children.

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  2. Karen, this article is mind-numbing and eye-opening. I remember growing up in the 50s / 60s, as kids, we were outside all day long. Sometimes, miles away from home exploring new neighborhoods or visiting friends who bussed to school. Today, most parents are much more paranoid and don’t let children out of their sight when visiting playgrounds, malls, and when playing in the yard. I would be devestated if my grand-daughter disappeared. Your book about this topic was also excellent reading and put me in the mind of the mother seeking her abducted daughter. Unfortunately, business is good and I’m certain that it will not end in my lifetime.

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    • When I was a kid, we played outside all day and had to be home when the street lights came on. It wasn’t unusual to hear a voice calling out a name when a parent wanted a child to come home before that and there was a cooperative effort to get word that “your mom is looking for you.” Kidnapping happened back then, I’m sure, but with children hanging together and parents keeping an eye on all of the neighborhood kids, it was not the threat that it is today. Society’s changes have not all been for the better. It is sad that with all the technological advances, we have lost so much.

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  3. Hi Karen,
    This story is so relevant for today’s times. With small and big wars going on everywhere, the people that suffer the most are the little people who are snapped away from us by evil-minded people.
    Shalom aleichem

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  4. I have cried a bit every day since the Uvalde shooting. Those poor kids suffered for over an hour because the cops didn’t do their job. Those kids called 911 like they were trained to do. They begged for help, and it wasn’t given until it was too late. Every single one of those cops had guns, and none of them moved in on the shooter until an entire classroom of kids and two teachers were killed. That entire community will never be the same. It breaks my heart! 😥

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  5. Good Morning, Nonnie,
    There is only one word that can express what I feel after reading your poem, Awesome!
    Your words touched my heart.
    Shalom aleichem

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  6. I’m happy that light is finally being focused on woman like her who made the discoveries and weren’t given the credit, either because they were women or because their information was stolen. Thanks for sharing her story with us today, Pat! 🙂

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    • Hi My Friend,
      Yes, I‘ve discovered that there are so many women who have paved the way for the privileges that we enjoy but they have been forgotten. Whenever I hear about achievements of women, I always look behind me because I know that someone else paid the price for the things that we successfully enjoy now.
      Thank you for coming by and have a lovely day.
      Shalom aleichem

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    • Good Morning, My Dear Bette,
      One of my biggest joys is to do research. Unfortunately, I don‘t have the time to do it like I want to. Many times, I get so caught up that a entire day goes by. This woman fascinated me from the beginning. I stumbled upon her. What I admire most is that she had the humility to not look backward and let resentment direct her life. She found another spot and kept rising.
      I am so glad you enjoyed reading about her.
      Have a lovely day.
      Shalom aleichem

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    • Good Morning, Madam President, (I like this title.)
      Just as I was amazed when I stumbled upon Dr. Franklin, I feel the same way when I go on your blog sites. I find a wealth of information that are tiny jewels of wisdom.
      I am happy you didn‘t know about her, because I know you will do your own research. When you do, I hope you will be just as fascinated about this woman as I am.
      By the way, she died young from cancer. But again, she showed her bigness of heart. She worked until she died. She was a fabulous woman.
      Thank you for coming by and have a lovely day.

      Shalom aleichem

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  7. HI Pat, this is an excellent and fascinating article. I will have to read more about this lady. I spent a piece of today research Typhoid Mary and the typhoid epidemic in New York in 1906 and 1907. I learned some very interesting information about the disease and about how Mary became a carrier. She had such a sad life.

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    • Good Morning My Dear Robbie,
      Isn‘t it amazing what we learn when we start researching the past? We can learn so much from history but the majority of us don‘t because we ignore it, thinking that was in the past. Too few people realize that history repeats itself and sometimes we make the same mistakes because we refuse to recognize the past.
      I am quite sure that you have found much information about Tyhoid Mary and the epidemic that took place in New York in 1906 and 1907. Whenever your book is released, I will be one of its readers.

      Have a lovely day, my friend.

      Shalom aleichem

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    • Good Morning, John,
      Thank you for coming by. This lady inspires me because she didn’t give up. She didn’t fight back either. Recently, I heard that the next space mission in Germany will be named after her. I hope that happens.
      Shalom aleichem

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    • Good Morning, Rox,
      Thank you. When I first heard of her, I was doing research for another project. I came across her name and wanted to know more. She was a fantastic scientist and exemplary in her character.
      Shalom aleichem

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    • Good Morning, Patty,
      Thank you. Yes, I so agree. Everybody should hear about Dr. Franklin and although she is not living, I feel she should be award the Nobel Prize along with the others who were recognized.
      Shalom aleichem

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  8. Reblogged this on PTL Perrin Writes… and commented:
    My friend and fellow author PAT GARCIA celebrates a woman whose achievements changed the world as we knew it, and yet, she remained an unsung heroine. Let’s help Pat bring the Dark Lady out of the shadows and shine the spotlight she deserved on her today.

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  9. What a great story. I hate driving long distances in the snow. I remember having to come home on a business trip from New York during a snowstorm on the Ohio Turnpike. It snowed so hard and very few cars braved the deadly conditions. The snow was so deep that I couldn’t determine where the side of the road ended and put my faith in following a semi truck’s red tail lights and fresh tire tracks. When he eventually pulled into a rest area – I was on my own driving 15 mph and hoping I make it home in one piece…white knuckles and shaking in my boots all the way.

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    • Than you, John. I am delighted you enjoyed it! I have also had more than a few white knuckled trips. In a “past life” I did a lot of traveling, much of it by car, and weather didn’t matter. The people I met along the way, however, were usually friendly and always interesting.

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    • You know what, Randy, I’m (a one cat person now) but this story didn’t cause me to even focus on the cat. There was another feeling I got from it – one I don’t think I can even describe right now, but it was less about the cat for me, I know that much.

      It was a cute little tale, wasn’t it? So glad you dropped in and enjoyed it! Do visit all the sections of the mag. They are all just as enjoyable!

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  10. Thank you for this beautiful story, Pat. What a glorious message of hope for those who’ve lost loved ones, especially in this way. Love never ends. It brought tears to my eyes, partly from the sadness, but mostly from an overflowing heart. Moving, deep, and all too relevant. Sending you love!

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    • Good Morning Robbie,
      Thank you. I know Christmas is a joyous occasion, but I wanted to write a story that reaches out to those who know what it mean to go through a Christmas seeing their loved ones fade away.
      Shalom aleichem

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