By Rhiannon Child
A new theory about what happened to Madeleine McCann has emerged on the 10th anniversary of her disappearance.
Investigative journalist and mother, Andrea Smith, spoke at Sydney TAFE campus on May 5 about her theory that Madeleine may have been kidnapped and transported by cargo ship as a victim of a child smuggling ring.
This idea came to her after the unexplained disappearance of her youngest child’s passport.
“My son’s unchipped New Zealand passport and immigration details were deleted from the NZ government computer in 2010,” Ms Smith said. “I thought, what would a child’s passport be used for and did a little bit of digging.”
Her investigation led her to a cargo ship, the Robert Rickmers, which left Barcelona on May 7 and had docked at many ports where the young girl was allegedly sighted. She passed this information onto police but heard nothing further.
“I think they’re just checking out pedophiles rather than the possible movement of Madeleine,” Ms Smith said.
“I was alarmed at the apparent lack of concern by the authorities.”