Missing children
It is said the death of one’s child is unthinkable but not knowing the whereabouts of a child is unimaginable. Yet according to reports, more than 800,000 American children under the age of 18 go missing every year. About 200,000 of these are victims abducted by family members, usually involving a custody matter. Another 58,000 are abducted by non-family members who know the victim and usually target the child for sex. Kidnappings by strangers are also usually committed for this reason. Lately, the vast majority of these children have been returned to their homes due in part to the advent of smart phones and GPS technology. Studies show missing children are more likely to be quickly located if their disappearance is immediately reported. Advocates say the child recovery rate for the most dangerous cases of missing children is now 97% and the rate of all missing children returning home alive is 99%.

However, the human trafficking of young children and teenagers has dramatically increased in the last several years. Trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or receipt of persons by means of coercion, abduction, fraud or deception for the purpose of exploitation. Advocates say the illegal smuggling and trading of human beings for forced labor or sexual exploitation is akin to modern-day slavery. Trafficking victims can be domestic citizens or foreign nationals. It is estimated there are about 244,000 American children and youth that are at risk for sex trafficking each year –of which 38,600 were originally runaways.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.1115 - Bringing Missing Children Home Act of 2015

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