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CHILD KIDNAPPING FACTS
The following facts were provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Ø In 15 of the past 18 years, there has been an increase in the number of missing children.
Ø The increase in missing children since 1988 is 500%.
Ø About half of the kidnapped children in the United States are 4 to 11 years old. 74% are girls.
Ø The FBI receives more than 2,000 missing child reports every day. That means 2,000 yesterday, 2,000 today and 2,000 tomorrow.
Ø According to the Vanished Children's Alliance, every 40 seconds child disappears or is kidnapped in the United States.
Ø Studies show that more than 98% of all child molestation and sexual abuse case start in the family.
Ø Justice Department statistics of kidnapped children in America indicates that the risk of abduction by a stranger is relatively low for preschoolers, but increases through elementary school and peaks at age 15. Teen-age girls are considered most vulnerable.
Ø Justice Department statistics of kidnapped children in America also reports 24% of all kidnapping cases are "stranger-kidnappings", compared with 49% family kidnappings, and 27% acquaintance kidnappings.
Ø According to an article dated September 8, 2002, in the Miami Herald, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children reports 3,000 to 5,000 child abduction by non-family members each year, most of which are sexually motivated cases. About 200 to 300 cases are serious enough to involve murder.
Ø A review of 19 separate studies was examined for the ratio of heterosexual-to-homosexual molestations of children and the ratio of female-to-male child victims.
Using random-probability studies reported by three different sets of investigators, an estimated 4% of the general population is bisexual-to-homosexual. this study was employed to generate relative degrees of 'dangerousness' of the various sexual orientations. It appears that at least a third of all the reported child molestations involve homosexual acts, while girls account for about two-thirds of children victimized. Those who practice homosexual acts are at least 12 times more likely to molest a child sexually, and with suitable corrections for bisexuals (who molest both genders), probably at least 16 times more likely to molest a child. A review of recorded cases of teacher-pupil sexual interaction indicated that of the 30 instances detailed in the literature, 80% involved homosexual acts. It appears that school teachers who practice homosexual acts are 90 to 100 times more likely to have sexual relationships with their students than teachers who confine themselves to heterosexual acts.
Ø Missing-person experts estimate that the bodies of 40,000 to 50,000 unidentified children were found by police during the past 50 years.
Ø 42 percent of all unidentified bodies found in the U.S. are found in California even though that state has only 12 percent of the nation’s population.
Ø Studies show that a very large number of runaway children are forced into prostitution. 300,000 to 600,000 juveniles are actively involved in prostitution in the United States. However, The U.S. Department of Justice estimates the numbers to be between 100,000 and 3 million. These figures include children involved in prostitution, child pornography and who have been trafficed into the United States from other countries.
Ø In 2001, 800,000 persons (adults and children) were reported missing to police departments around the country. The FBI estimates that 85-90% of missing persons who were kidnapped were children (juveniles). Approximately 700,000 child disappearances, or 2,000 per day, were serious enough that a parent called the police.
Ø In 2000, 119,237 cases of missing children were categorized as "endangered", defined as "missing and in the company of another person under circumstances indicating that his or her physical safety is in danger."
Ø In the year 2000, more than 28,765 cases of missing children were categorized as "involuntary," defined as "missing under circumstances indicating that the disappearance was not voluntary (abduction or kidnapping)."