Tue September 25, 2012 12:00am
AN Irish woman who works for ABC radio in Melbourne has vanished while walking home from a Brunswick bar.
The spike in reported abductions and kidnappings comes as the missing woman's family made desperate pleas for her return.
Ms Meagher's mother, Edith McKeon said her daughter would have fought any attacker.
"Whoever (has her) just let her go, let her (go)," she said.
"Even though she's tiny I think she would have fought."
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The desperate search for Ms Meagher comes as Victoria Police figures show reported abduction and kidnap offences have skyrocketed in the region, up from 226 in the previous financial year to 291, a rise of 28.8 per cent.
There were 611 offences recorded in this category in 2011-2012, and 159 of those occurred on the street.
A wave of complaints has also been posted on a Facebook page dedicated to finding the Irish national.
Official reports show:
ON June 24, a 34-year old woman reported that she was attacked on Albert St in the early hours. ON May 6, a man attempted to abduct a woman as she walked along Mitchell St towards Sydney Rd.
The man covered the woman's mouth and forced her to the ground but she was able to fight him off. Police believe he threw kerosene in the woman's face before he fled.
IN July 2010, a 29-year-old woman walking her dog through Gilpin Park was struck on the head, dragged and thrown to the ground before a man attempted to sexually assault her at knifepoint.