Missing and exploited children statistics are available in resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others. Visit the Statistics section of our Missing Children Special Feature for access to these resources.
For additional information, visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website.
Information on child trafficking victims is available in Trafficking in Persons Report, a publication from the U.S. Department of State. The following websites also provide valuable resources about trafficking in children:
- Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State
- Child Sex Trafficking, National Center Missing and Exploited Children
- Child Labor, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs
- Human Trafficking Resources, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Office on Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Individuals typically designated as mandatory reporters of child abuse, including child sexual abuse/exploitation, have frequent contact with children and may include health care workers, school personnel, child care providers, social workers, law enforcement officers, and mental health professionals.
Information about mandatory reporters in individual states is available on the State Statutes Search section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. Also see the State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers page and our Child Abuse Special Feature for additional information.
Information on internet crimes against children and the prevention of such crimes can be located on the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program page and the Internet Safety Special Feature section of our website.
In response to the threat of computer-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes committed against children, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) implemented the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) initiative. Additionally, developed through funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was created to help federal, state and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children.
Additionally, in April 2016, the DOJ released the National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction. This report to Congress details national efforts to address child exploitation, including online exploitation; provides a threat assessment of the nature and scope of the problem; lays out plans for future investigations and prosecutions, outreach and education, victim services, and policy initiatives; addresses child exploitation in Indian Country; and offers statistics and research on the topic.
For additional information, visit the Internet Safety Special Feature on our website.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Child Welfare Information Gateway website contains a listing of websites and phone numbers for specific agencies designated to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect in each state. To identify the appropriate agency to contact in a specific state, see the State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers page. You can also contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-4-A-Child (800-422-4453).
For additional information and resources, see the Child Abuse Special Feature.
If you wish to report online child sexual exploitation, visit the CyberTipline section of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website or contact your local Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Office.