On April 9, 2013, two parents who kidnapped their two boys ages 4 and 2 from Florida to Cuba were arrested. Days later, those parents were returned to the United States for prosecution. They could receive life in prison.
Meanwhile, it has been 16 years since Eileen Clark kidnapped her three children from New Mexico to the United States. Eileen Clark was arrested in July 2010, in Oxford, UK but has still not be extradited back to the United States for prosecution. Clark, a U.S. Citizen continues to fight extradition as is being supported by an extremist non-profit group Liberty in the U.K. Their Legal Officer is Emma Norton.
To the Family Abduction Community, the Eileen Clark case represents a landmark case for long-term abductions. With the global increase in parental kidnapping cases, it sends a strong message to custodial-embattled parents that they need to take Judges’ court orders seriously. They can’t flee the jurisdiction to another country, wait to the child turns 18 and escape prosecution.
According to BBC News UK, Parental child abductions have increased 88 percent in the last decade. But only 24% of Britons are unaware it is a crime according to separate FCO research. The FCO research in the UK also showed that 74% of people thought that fathers were most likely to abduct their children, but non-profit Reunite International research suggest that 70% of their cases concern mothers taking the child.
Finally, a parental abduction extradition case from Cuba to the United States took several days, is taking almost 3 years in the UK. That’s not an acceptable and efficient judicial legal process. We simply don’t understand why it is taking the UK Courts so long.
Parental child abductions ‘rise by 88% in a decade’ (News UK, 11 December 2012)