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Missing: Where Are All The Missing Children And Adults That Seem To Vanish Each Year?

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Child On A Milk Cartoon

Etan Patz case - first missing child to be placed on a milk carton

Etan Patz case - first missing child to be placed on a milk carton

John Walsh Quote

"The abduction of a child is a tragedy. No one can fully understand or appreciate what a parent goes through at such a time, unless they have faced a similar tragedy. Every parent responds differently. Each parent copes with this nightmare in the best way he or she knows how. John Walsh"

The Lost Children 3 (Murdered Children And Their Stories)

National Missing Children's Day May, 25th

National Missing Children Day was introduced by President Ronald Regan back in 1983 to bring awareness to honoring those who have worked so hard to bring the children back home. Those honored are: individuals to protect children, efforts of agencies, and the heroic.

"Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this noble cause. From the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention" https://www.ojjdp.gov/missingchildrensday/index.html

There is also a poster contest for children in the fifth grade that design a poster for the missing children. The winner will go to Washington D.C. with their parents, teacher, and state clearinghouse manager which they will join in on the day's activities.

2016, Runaways that were reported missing (18,500) to the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children were more than likely sex trafficking victims which are like 1 in 6 that is about 86%. These children were probably from foster care or in the care of social service.



Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking (2015)

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking just isn't in other countries but right here in the United States of America and is beginning to become a serious problem with the numbers rising. This problem doesn't just include women but men and children. There are places to report this type of crime to and there are signs to watch for if you suspect that someone is being forced into labor or the sex trade. Once a person becomes trapped by human trafficking it is very difficult to get away and mostly they are afraid of the person who is keeping them against their will. Help is available once the authorities are made aware of the situation.

Can you image the terror a child (or anyone) would feel being trapped in the world of human trafficking? Methods used to force these innocent people to comply are threats to harm them (with starvation, violence, etc.) and/or their families. Although, there are laws in place to prosecute those who sell humans for money, governments across the world struggle to find all those who should be persecuted.

There are places online, such as the FBI government site, to find services assisting victims of and providing a place to report human trafficking. Has somebody forced you to work off a debt by using threats of causing you harm or your family? That's a form of human trafficking. Taking someone's passport, birth records or other documents of identification to perform sexual acts could be considered human trafficking.

How are their living quarters - are they free to come and go, are there bars on the windows, cameras watching their room? Is there income impossibly small or only in tips? Do they have a pimp? How is their behavior - their mental and emotional health? Do they act very afraid when you bring up the subject of the police and avoid eye contact? Now how is the person's overall health - do they appear to be underweight, denied medical help or show any signs of physical abuse? Do they have control of their money, their personal id's (such as birth record, passport) and any possessions?

Statics On Human Trafficking 2016

Note: No statics are available for 2017.

According, to the (Source) The National Human Trafficking Hotline, is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and operated by Polaris,

"2016 Statistics from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline The National Human Trafficking Hotline and Polaris’s BeFree Textline provide survivors of human trafficking with vital support and a variety of options to get help and stay safe. The 30,000+ cases identified on these hotlines comprise the largest available data set on human trafficking in the U.S. The data do not represent the full scope of human trafficking – a lack of awareness of the crime or of these hotlines in certain geographic regions, by particular racial or ethnic groups, and by labor trafficking survivors can lead to significant underreporting. Nonetheless, this information spotlights where and how traffickers operate so that we can put them out of business, keep them from harming more people, and help survivors find the services they need."

Please refer to the table, below for statics.


Statics On Human Trafficking Of Missing People

All POLARIS operated Human Trafficking Hotline & BeFree Textline

2012201320142015

3,409

5,176

5,382

5,961

Forms Of Human Trafficking /Sex Trafficking 2016

2016 Forms of human trafficking and sex trafficking. This explains where some children and adults vanish to when they become missing.

  1. Sex Trafficking - 5,551 (73%)
  2. Labor and Trafficking -1057 (14%)
  3. Sex and Labor - 268 (4%)
  4. Not Specified - 696 (9%)
  5. Total For 2016 - 7,572

Survivors Directly Supported By The Year:

  • 2014 - Number of unique survivors 1,281 - Number of calls and texts by survivors 3,292
  • 2015 - Number of unique survivors 1,641 - Number of calls and texts by survivors 4,314
  • 2016 - Number of unique survivors 2,042 - Number of calls and texts by survivors 4,935

Survivors Reached Out For Help

24% more survivors reached out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFrt www.polarisproject.org and www.humantraffickinghotline.org/statistics.

— www.polarisproject.org and www.humantraffickinghotline.org/statistics

FBI Human Trafficking Arrests by Field Offices, 2015

1 These arrests were for violations of one of the U.S. Code Sections listed in this table's Methodology. Arrests were not included for those made in a joint investigation with other agencies when a state or local code was used nor for Human Trafficki

FBI Human Trafficking Arrests - by Field Offices, 2015      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIELD OFFICE

Arrests1

Population Covered

 

FIELD OFFICE

Arrests1

Population Covered

ALBANY

6

4,048,489

 

MIAMI

13

6,865,823

ALBUQUERQUE

1

2,085,109

 

MILWAUKEE

2

5,771,337

ANCHORAGE

1

738,432

 

MINNEAPOLIS

5

7,104,990

ATLANTA

11

10,214,860

 

MOBILE

1

1,996,031

BALTIMORE

8

6,952,335

 

NEW HAVEN

1

3,590,886

BIRMINGHAM

0

2,862,948

 

NEW ORLEANS

5

4,670,724

BOSTON

5

10,510,656

 

NEW YORK

6

13,562,056

BUFFALO

7

2,811,288

 

NEWARK

1

8,093,084

CHARLOTTE

2

10,042,802

 

NORFOLK

7

1,756,024

CHICAGO

4

9,357,607

 

OKLAHOMA CITY

0

3,911,338

CINCINNATI

4

5,864,801

 

OMAHA

1

5,020,089

CLEVELAND

7

5,748,622

 

PHILADELPHIA

6

9,895,173

COLUMBIA

1

4,896,146

 

PHOENIX

1

6,828,065

DALLAS

3

10,484,907

 

PITTSBURGH

7

5,616,387

DENVER

1

6,042,681

 

PORTLAND

8

4,028,977

DETROIT

12

9,922,576

 

RICHMOND

5

3,957,213

EL PASO

7

1,269,646

 

SACRAMENTO

5

7,938,742

HONOLULU

0

1,431,603

 

SAINT LOUIS

3

2,937,003

HOUSTON

15

8,343,577

 

SALT LAKE CITY

11

5,683,798

INDIANAPOLIS

7

6,619,680

 

SAN ANTONIO

2

7,370,984

JACKSON

0

2,992,333

 

SAN DIEGO

10

3,481,512

JACKSONVILLE

7

5,064,986

 

SAN FRANCISCO

1

8,302,592

KANSAS CITY

15

6,058,310

 

SAN JUAN2

0

3,474,182

KNOXVILLE

4

2,588,877

 

SEATTLE

6

7,170,351

LAS VEGAS

6

2,890,845

 

SPRINGFIELD

5

3,502,388

LITTLE ROCK

4

2,978,204

 

TAMPA

12

8,340,463

LOS ANGELES

0

19,421,972

 

WASHINGTON, DC

6

3,341,984

LOUISVILLE

3

4,425,092

 

TOTAL

272

324,893,002

MEMPHIS

1

4,011,422

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Missing Person Entry/Purge For 2016

Terms explained that will be used:

  1. Entry - Records entered during the month
  2. Purged - Records canceled/cleared/located during the month but can be entered from anytime.
  3. JUV/EMJ - Person who is missing under 21 years old and doesn't meet any other criteria.
  4. END/EME - Any age who is missing under circumstances indicating their physical safety may be in danger.
  5. INV/EMI - Anyone who is missing under circumstances indicated that the disappearance may not be voluntary/abduction/kidnapping.
  6. DIS/EMD - Any age who is missing and under proven physical/mental disability or senile, therefore subjecting themselves or others to personal and immediate danger.
  7. CAT/EMV - Any age who is missing after a catastrophe event.
  8. Other/EMO - Over 21 of age not meeting criteria for entry in any other category who is missing and from whom there is reasonable concern for their safety.

As of December 31, 2016, unidentified person's records in NCIC showed 894 were entered an increase of 5.2% from 850 entered in 2015. In 2016 there were 869 records that were canceled or cleared by the entering agency for reasons such as the remains being identified or the record was invalid which was a 17.4% increase over 740 records canceled from 2015. The records entered consist of:

  • Unidentified deceased person (EUD)
  • Any age who is alive but unable to determine their identity (EUL)
  • Unidentified catastrophe victim (EVU)

2016 Unidentified Person Report

  • Active entries as of 12/31/2016 - 8,431
  • Records entered - 894
  • Records canceled - 869
  • Total File Transaction - 1,763

December 31, 2016, shows that 647,435 were missing and that 894 were unidentiftied.


Please refer to the following tables to show the monthly data for 2016.


Entry - Records Entred During The Month

Notice how the numbers go up and down but still vary in the different categories. These are just the cases that have been reported to, Source: NCIC Active/Expired Missing and Unidentified Analysis Reports

MONTHJUV/EMJEND/EMEINV/EMIDIS/EMDCAT/EMVOTHER/EMOMonthlyTotal

JANUARY

35,290

3,395

1,383

2,440

20

7,830

50,358

FEBRUARY

35,346

3,430

1,415

2,382

19

7,668

50,260

MARCH

39,127

3,907

1,504

2,694

17

8,386

55,635

APRIL

40,917

3,822

1,408

2,756

35

8,437

57,375

MAY

43,082

4,090

1,453

2,796

30

9,041

60,672

JUNE

37,185

4,074

1,541

3,001

21

9,027

54,849

JULY

33,765

4,044

1,501

2,844

28

9,421

51,603

AUGUST

33,230

4,027

1,617

3,031

35

9,206

51,146

SEPTEMBER

37,191

3,802

1,605

2,805

29

8,794

54,266

OCTOBER

41,061

3,803

1,366

2,803

30

8,938

58,001

NOVEMBER

38,104

3,664

1,412

2,601

22

8,399

54,202

DECEMBER

33,146

3,596

1,300

2,658

23

8,385

49,108

YEARLY tOTAL

447,444

45,654

17,505

32,991

309

103,532

647,435

Purge - Records Cancelled, Cleared, Located During The Month

Source: NCIC Active/Expired Missing and Unidentified Analysis Reports

MONTHJUV/EMJEND/EMEINV/EMIDIS/EMDCAT/EMVOTHER/EMOMONTHLY TOTALS

JANUARY

32,285

3,520

1,391

2,537

16

7,905

51,654

FEBUARY

35,788

3,437

1,344

2,938

25

7,575

50,567

MARCH

38,863

3,929

1,502

2,756

17

8,511

55,551

APRIL

39,737

3,757

1,403

2,706

25

8,093

55,721

MAY

41,988

4,667

1,404

2,893

23

8,791

50,166

JUNE

37,221

4,020

1,534

2,894

21

8,824

54,514

JULY

33,410

3,996

1,377

2,738

28

8,923

50,472

AUGUST

35,190

4,121

1,595

2,924

27

9,298

53,155

SEPTEMBER

37,488

3,862

1,555

2,888

31

8,741

54,565

OCTOBER

39,680

3,791

1,364

2,776

30

8,554

56,195

NOVEMBER

38,771

3,603

1,548

2,611

22

8,198

54,053

DECEMBER

32,969

3,558

1,298

2,540

24

8,202

48,681

YEARLY TOTALS

446,863

45,661

17,115

32,661

289

101,705

644,294

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What Can You Do If Your Child Is Missing?

There are a few things that a parent can do when they realize their child is missing. The quicker the parent takes action the chance of recovering a missing child could possibility make a difference. Some children can wander off and lose their way, lose track of time, be involved in an accident, or just be a friend home playing but didn't inform the parent (as the child may have said they were going to one friend house but ended up at another friend house). Steps to aid the law enforcement when a child is missing.

  1. Keep a dental record of the child (the child dentist can assist with this).
  2. Have a DNA record of the child (the child doctor can help with this or use the child toothbrush/hairbrush).
  3. Keep a list of the child friends phone numbers/address.
  4. Try and give as much information as possible when you realize the child was missing such who they were with, the time if you know when you last saw the child, recent photo, and what the child was wearing.
  5. Do not go into the child room wait for law enforcement, let them search the room including the child computer/laptop as this could hamper vital evidence.
  6. Print posters to pass out in your community to aid in the search.
  7. If the child has been fingerprinted in a program give that also to law enforcement.
  8. Check to see if there is anything the law enforcements wants you to do to help in the search for the child.
  9. Inform law officials if there are problems with any family members.

There is a checklist that aids parents in the search of a missing child: http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC198.pdf

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Comments

Anna Haun (author) from USA on August 03, 2018:

Neil,

Thank you. Since last March 14th, we have a 2 yr. old and 3 yr old both children from the same mom but different last names are still missing. Sad to think of all those missing and what their families are going thru, there is no closure for the families. I feel so bad for all the unmarked graves of those missing, because no one knows who they are. Glad the missing girl was found.

Nell Rose from England on July 31, 2018:

I am so sorry for people who lose their loved ones like this. what a nightmare! we recently had a missing girl in the next town, but luckily after all of us used facebook etc to get the word out, she was found. phew!

Anna Haun (author) from USA on October 31, 2017:

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you. Convicts sometimes will lie to get attention or think they will get favoritism. I wrote this article to try and bring attention to those that have vanished without a trace of course by now the numbers have gone way up. If only they would go back to putting pictures on milk cartons and other food items it could bring more awareness to help to locate these lost souls because some are out there still alive waiting to be saved. I need to update this article.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 29, 2017:

As a youngster, my first cousin went missing and was never found (believed murdered). Her case was even profiled on America's Most Wanted. I remember vividly seeing the case pop up on his show years and years later. The last we heard a Florida convict on death row had been questioned about her disappearance but it didn't result in any resolution.

Anna Haun (author) from USA on March 30, 2017:

Hi Nell,

Thank you for reading my article. Yes, the same over in England as I'm getting information gathered to write about it. Even though England has banned guns they still have other ways to commit murder. A very good friend of mine used to ride the trains before she went into a nursing home and said sometimes she didn't feel safe. Guess crime is about the same everywhere, numbers just going up.

Nell Rose from England on March 30, 2017:

Its so unbelievable isn't it? so many missing and murdered kids. I a sure its the same over here in England, and so scary to think about. Interesting and so sad.

Anna Haun (author) from USA on March 27, 2017:

Hello Audrey,

Thank you for taking time, to read the article. This was a very hard article to write as it so very sad but I wanted to bring awareness to the fact that there really are a lot of missing persons. Some are taken by family member, acquaintance, family friend, and by strangers. Whether they are abducted or kidnaped chances of being found alive are slim but the torture the victim goes thru is a nightmare. Some victims are found years later but are never identified or the remains ever claimed. I even read a few cases of small children remain that were found but never was reported or ever identified. Some of these missing persons are never reported missing and some children are murdered by the parent or a family member yet are reported missing but the remains sometimes are never found. Maybe if the companies who put their product in plastic containers would go back to placing missing, person, on the containers then maybe more people that are missing could be located, spread the news, get the person face in the public eye more in different areas might help. Annie

Audrey Howitt from California on March 26, 2017:

This is heartbreaking--and so prevalent--

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