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Autism & Wandering

Children on the autism spectrum may wander and become lost at rates higher than their peers.

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Child Sex Trafficking

Child sex trafficking involves the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, or advertising of a minor child for the purpose of a commercial sex act.

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Family Abductions

Abductions in which a child is taken, wrongfully detained, or concealed by a parent or other family member.

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Help ID Me!

When the remains of a deceased child are recovered, NCMEC assists in helping give that child back their name. Can you ID any of these children?

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Infant Abduction

This type of abduction can take various forms; from a noncustodial parent abducting the infant, to a stranger abducting the child from the hospital, home, or a public place.

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Long Term Missing

Children who have been missing for more than 6 months become classified as “Long Term Missing”.

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Missing From Care

Children who go missing from state care must, by law, be reported to NCMEC.

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Nonfamily Abductions & Attempts

This includes abductions or attempted abductions by someone known to the child (like a neighbor or online acquaintance, etc.) as well as abductions by someone unknown to the child.

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Online Enticement

A range of online victimization that includes enticing a child to share sexually explicit images, meet in person for sex, engage a child in sexual conversations or role-playing, or to sell/trade the child’s sexual images to others online.

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Other Types of Missing

Learn more about children who are lost, injured or otherwise missing and critically missing young adults.

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Runaways

An “Endangered runaway” is any child under 18 years old who has run away from a parent, guardian, or state care facility.

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Sextortion

A form of sexual exploitation in which non-physical forms of coercion are utilized, such as blackmail, to acquire sexual content (photos/videos) of the child, obtain money from the child or engage in sex with the child.

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Sexual Abuse Materials

Child sexual abuse materials, more commonly known as child pornography, make up the majority of NCMEC’s CyberTipline reports.