Child Abduction Facts
How Many Children are Reported Missing Each Day in the United States?
According to the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART II) there are over 2100 children reported missing every single day in the United States. That equates to a child reported missing every 41 seconds!
- Around 800 of these daily reports turned out to be benign cases of miscommunication or a situation where the child was not, in fact, missing.
- On average 33 children were abducted every day by a nonfamily member. Most of these children were sexually assaulted before being released or getting away.
- Over 150 kids per day were abducted by a family member, most often a parent. Such cases make up 82% of all abduction scenarios.
- Over 1000 children per day were classified as runaways or thrownaways. Thrownaways are those children who are force out of their homes with no means of support.
When it comes to parental abductions, the facts are very clear. The overwhelming majority of the time these children are not taken for their well-being. They are taken as a way to hurt the other parent. They are used as tools of revenge to show power and control and to inflict as much damage as possible. These children notoriously do not go to school, receive medical attention or develop social skills. Many are physically abused, all are emotionally abused and we are seeing a disturbing increase in the number of children who actually die at the hand of a parent.
Runaways pose a unique challenge to families and authorities as they have willingly left their family for various reasons. Runaways and thrownaway children are extremely vulnerable as they try to fend for themselves. 2/3 of runaways are sexually solicited within the first 48 hours of hitting the streets. These children are prime targets for human traffickers. After all when a runaway gets abducted, who reports it?
In 2014, it is estimated that 1 in 6 runaways were likely sex trafficking victims!
Child Rescue Network distributes missing child pictures through social media, poster partners and special events such as The Fireball Run (The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children). 1 in 6 missing kids is located because someone sees a picture and gets involved.
We also have private investigators who volunteer time and talents to assist families.