Missing posters for minors will now be shown on digital screens in stations and on trains, SNCB and Child Focus announced on Thursday.
The Belgian railway corporation and the foundation for missing and sexually exploited children hope that this will add visibility to the missing, especially since the first hours after a disappearance are often decisive.
Child Focus and the SNCB have been working together for about 20 years now. Up until now, the foundation used to distribute its missing children’s notices on paper in train stations and gave small discreet missing-minor cards to security personnel, sales staff and train attendants.
Now they will also be shown digitally in stations and trains equipped with “Desiro” screens, which is the case for one-third of the SNCB fleet.
“This evolution presents an advantage that is not negligible,” SNCB and Child Focus noted. “In addition to increased visibility, this medium is extremely fast so we can gain on time and effectiveness. The information is disseminated extremely quickly and will no longer be visible when the minor is found.”
The SNCB has 550 stations countrywide and no fewer than 890,000 travellers use trains each day, the partner organisations said.
Out of a total of 131 search campaigns organised last year by Child Focus, no fewer than 72 were aimed at the general public.