Events that seize a missing person does not discriminate against age, race, gender, or economic status, nor does it soften the uncertainty of a runaway youth.
~ Many victims are seen, yet remain unnoticed ~
Approximately 2,300 people are reported missing every day. More than 100,000 missing persons are listed, each year in the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Almost half of these individuals have had no known contact for over a year.
The Sexual Predators Act also clarified the "24 hour rule" in kidnappings, stating: there is no need to wait 24 hours before initiating a federal investigation.
The U.S. State Department estimates each year: 800,000 to 900,000 human beings are bought, sold, or forced across the world's borders. Among them are hundreds of teenage girls, and others as young as 5, who fall victim to the sex trade. Typically, children are transported to lucrative venues including cities hosting major sporting or public events.
The majority of American victims of commercial sexual exploitation tend to be runaway or thrown away youth who live on the streets, who then become victims of prostitution. Other young people are recruited into prostitution through forced abduction. It is estimated that about 293,000 American youth are currently at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
More than 350,000 family abductions occur in the U.S. each year. That is nearly 1,000 per day. 163,000 of these cases involve the concealment of a child, transporting out of state, or intent to keep the child permanently.
The statistics continue to grow due to the increase of human trafficking. Criminal enterprise "pimps" are highly mobile and travel established routes throughout the United States.
At some point, most abductors travel with their victims. Many victims remain silent due to fear and intimidation, even if confronted about their identity.