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There is an active AMBER Alert issued for Tangena Hussain who has been missing for three months. She was apparently abducted after the boyfriend of her mother left her in the car when he went into a gas station to purchase gum. It was reported that he made no effort to search for her but instead went to pickup the mother.

HAMTRAMCK– Nearly three months after 2-year-old Tangena Hussain disappeared, police acknowledge thorny cultural differences are complicating their investigation.

The probe involves immigrants from Bangladesh, who police say are close-knit and often suspicious of outsiders.

“A lot of times, the only people we can interview are children, because they’re the only ones in the family who speak English,” said Hamtramck Detective George Voight, a 21-year veteran. “And when you’re dealing with people from Bangladesh, or others who are Muslims, a lot of times the women won’t talk to the police, because a lot of times women in Muslim communities aren’t allowed to talk to men.”


The article states that students in the city’s schools speak 27 languages. If someone was willing to assist the authorities and visited the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) site to offer assustance, the site is available to view in English or Spanish.

Should they visit the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), the language options are English and German. At the NCMEC, the AMBER Alert is issued in English. You can search on a child’s name by clicking through to the search option page, where a poster can be translated to a couple of other lanuages for viewing. Ironically, even if you do, the circumstance regarding the child’s disappearance is still in English.

The language barrier isn’t the only issue authorities face. There are a large number of illegal aliens.

Hamtramck’s population is 24,000, and Voight estimated there are another 10,000 undocumented immigrants there.

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