Missing or abducted in adolescents are occurring in the United States every forty seconds. Every forty seconds seems to be a minuscule number, but honestly, when we multiply that number over the course of a year, it averages out to a more significant number of children gone from their families. Any number is astronomical, and it leaves an unmet stain in the lives of the loved one missing their children.
There are many steps to protect yourself from being abducted, kidnapped, trafficked or smuggled. You should know that there are many types of abductions and you should make yourself aware of each one of them to protect yourself.
The FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) estimates that 85 to 90 percent of missing persons are children. The vast majority of these cases are resolved within hours.
To identify your perpetrator, you must know what type of predator you are up against. The highest percentage of abductions/kidnappings is by a family member of the victim. Kidnapping by an acquaintance, friend, etc.. of the victim is the second highest abduction percentage. Lastly, kidnapping by a stranger which falls in the lowest percentile right below the acquaintance kidnapper.
Most family kidnappings are primarily committed by a parent and are often perpetuated by a female. Sometimes a mother may kidnap her child(ren) in cases of domestic violence or in other instances a bad divorce and custody battle. Other times a parent may be mentally unstable or have substance abuse issues.
Acquaintance kidnapping involves a high percentage of female and teenage victims. It is well-documented that the abduction is associated with other crimes especially abuse both sexually and physically. An acquaintance can be a school official, a friend, your gardener, co-worker or even an ex.
Stranger kidnapping victimizes more females than males. It occurs mainly in outdoor settings. Many teenagers and school-aged children are also sexually assaulted. The number of children reported missing and found is one out of every 10,000 children reported to the police.
Runaways are not always what they seem, but they account for a significant portion of missing children. Many teens who are not happy with their home life, can suffer from anxieties or depression and have little to no parental supervision to comfort them. Sometimes they are fleeing abuse whether sexual, mental or physical, and they don't know where to turn.
Attacks can start from a simple online chat room, to dating or personal interest groups. Be aware of your children's activities because many predators are lurking amongst us, and will do anything to satisfy their agenda.
Over 70 percent of abductions are girls and teens, and their predator is usually a non-family member. Take action because three-quarters of abducted children are murdered within three hours of being abducted.
"Although slavery is commonly thought to be a thing of the past, human traffickers generate hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by trapping millions of people in horrific situations around the world, including here in the U.S. Traffickers use violence, threats, deception, debt bondage, and other manipulative tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or to provide labor, or services against their will."
Sources: Federal Bureau of Investigation; National Crime Information Center
Human Trafficking By The Numbers
While more research is needed on the scope of human trafficking, below are a few key statistics:
The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally.
81% of them are trapped in forced labor.
25% of them are children.
75% are women and girls.
The International Labor Organization estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
The U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries made by forced, and child labor.
In 2016, an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.
Of those, 86% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran.
There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. Polaris estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors, sex trafficking, and labor trafficking are aggregated." cited by Polaris https://polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/facts
"As of December 31, 2017, NCIC contained 88,089 active missing person records. Juveniles under the age of 18 account for
32,121 (36.5%) of the records and 41,089 (46.6%) records when juveniles are defined as under 21 years of age.*
During 2017, 651,226 missing person records were entered into NCIC, an increase of .6% from the 647,435 records entered in 2016. Missing Person records purged during the same period totaled 651,215. Reasons for these removals include: a law enforcement agency located the subject, the individual returned home, or the record had to be removed by the entering agency due to a determination that the record is invalid." cited by FBI/NCIS