[리서치페이퍼=Giselle Rances 기자] A non-profit group called Whereabout Kids seeks to revolutionize child safety by embedding GPS tracking devices in children's clothing.
The Arnold, Missouri-based group hopes the technology can help police track and recover missing kids by tracking the devices.Police say the first two hours are crucial in tracking kidnap victims, and the new clothing could allow investigators to launch an electronic search immediately.
Because kidnappers often discard outer layers of clothing so children are no longer wearing the same clothes they were last seen wearing, the non-profit is focusing on underwear.
Promoters of the new technology note that 12-year-old Polly Klaas was abducted from her home in 1993 during a slumber party.The case, which sparked nationwide news coverage, led to the establishment of the Polly Klaas Foundation, which seeks to prevent such cases.Yet abductions and sex trafficking continue to be major concerns.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States.
Whereabout Kids is currently seeking funding as it develops its high-tech clothing and moves into the manufacturing and marketing phase.More information is available from www.whereaboutskids.org.
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