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

Updated on March 26, 2017

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

Missing Children Day Awards:

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

2012
2013
2014
2015
3,409
5,176
5,382
5,961
All POLARIS operated Human Trafficking Hotline & BeFree Textline

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

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

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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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

Missing Child

Charlie Pedleton
Charlie Pedleton | Source

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

MONTH
JUV/EMJ
END/EME
INV/EMI
DIS/EMD
CAT/EMV
OTHER/EMO
MonthlyTotal
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
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

Purge - Records Cancelled, Cleared, Located During The Month

MONTH
JUV/EMJ
END/EME
INV/EMI
DIS/EMD
CAT/EMV
OTHER/EMO
MONTHLY 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
Source: NCIC Active/Expired Missing and Unidentified Analysis Reports

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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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      Anna Haun 5 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

      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.

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      Anna Haun 5 months ago from USA

      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

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      Audrey Howitt 5 months ago from California

      This is heartbreaking--and so prevalent--