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Child recovery agent says demand ‘out of control’ in Australia

A child recovery agent has told Tony Jones he receives around 30 calls a week from parents pleading for assistance in recovering their children who have been taken by a family member.

It follows the arrest of an Australian mother and TV crew in Lebanon after they tried to take back two kids from their father.

Colin Chapman told Tony Jones he will devote his time to specific cases, travel overseas, conduct surveillance, and eventually attempt to reunite the child with the parent who is legally entitled to them – and he boasts a 98 per cent success rate.

‘It’s [the demand] out of control,’ Mr Chapman said. ‘This week we’ve probably had about a dozen calls.’

Mr Chapman stressed that though it is often difficult to emotionally detach from the cases, his role was to facilitate a recovery and leaves collection stricly to the parents.

‘We never touch the children. That’s the mum or the dad that picks up their own kids – in all instances.’

Click PLAY to listen to Tony Jones speak with child recovery agent Colin Chapman