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Exploited Child Issues

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children works on a wide-range of issues, and often child exploitation overlaps with missing child incidents- particularly child sex trafficking and increasingly in cases of online enticement. As the operators of the CyberTipline, the nation's mechanism for reporting online abuse against children, we have unique insights into the threats facing children online and emerging trends in exploitation. We use that data to provide technical assistance, training, and prevention education to professionals and communities worldwide. 

Child Sex Trafficking

In cases of missing children who had run away and were reported to NCMEC, it is estimated that 1 in 6 were likely victims of child sex trafficking.

End-to-end Encryption

The use of end-to-end encryption would prevent the companies or any third-party from detecting illegal activity occurring on their platforms, including the activity of people who use the internet to perpetuate online demand for graphic sexual abuse material of children.

Online Enticement & Sextortion

Online Enticement is a broad category of online crime which includes sextortion, involving an individual communicating with someone believed to be a child via the internet with the intent to commit a sexual offense or abduction.

Child Sexual Abuse Material

Sometimes called "child pornography", NCMEC chooses to refer to these images as Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) to most accurately reflect what is depicted – the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Not only do these images and videos document victims’ exploitation and abuse, but when these files are shared across the internet, child victims suffer re-victimization each time the image of their sexual abuse is viewed.