I have heard of a few incidents over the time that I have been here, about children getting a bit too much attention from males - especially around the beach at Shatti for some reason.
Because this is such a great place as a rule, with not very high levels of crime, we all have a tendency to take our eye off the ball sometimes.
It's funny how the world is different over here. Last week, while on a trip up into the Jebels, we were astonished to see a family from a village, pass us by in their jeep and then screech to a halt, while the back doors were opened and two young children were summarily ordered out to go and sell keyrings to us.
A girl of around ten and what appeared to be her brother with her, who was a few years younger.
Off sped the jeep and kids were left to fend for themselves.
One wonders how many children get abducted here and who are never found?
Contemplating it, and knowing how other things are covered up here, is scary.