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Statistics

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Chidren gathers key facts regarding the issues of missing and sexually exploited children and updates these facts and statistics frequently.

A recent compilation of statistics regarding the types of cases reported to NCMEC illustrates that Endangered Runaway cases constitute the largest percentage of cases reported to NCMEC.  Based upon reports received by NCMEC in 2017, Endangered Runaways accounted for 90% of the overall total of reports. 

Of the nearly 26,300 runaways reported to NCMEC in 2019, 1 in 6 were likely victims of child sex trafficking. 16% of the children who ran from the care of social services and were reported missing to NCMEC in 2019, were likely victims of child sex trafficking.

To find the number of children missing from a specific state or territory contact the state's Missing Child Clearinghouse.

National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File Report for 2014

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services annual Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Report System statistics

See more key facts and statistics.


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