During the last 36 years, NCMEC’s national toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), has received more than 5 million calls. NCMEC has circulated billions of photos of missing children, assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 341,000 missing children and facilitated training for more than 377,000 law enforcement, criminal/juvenile justice and healthcare professionals. NCMEC’s Team HOPE volunteers have provided resources and emotional support to more than 76,000 families of missing and exploited children.
In 2020 NCMEC assisted law enforcement and families with more than 29,800 cases of missing children.
- 91 percent endangered runaways.
- 5 percent family abductions.
- 3 percent critically missing young adults, ages 18 to 20.
- Less than 1 percent nonfamily abductions.
- 1 percent lost, injured or otherwise missing children.
Of the nearly 26,500 runaways reported to NCMEC in 2019, 1 in 6 were likely victims of child sex trafficking. In 2019, NCMEC responded to more than 10,700 reports regarding possible child sex trafficking.
NCMEC’s forensic artists have age-progressed more than 7,100 images of long-term missing children and created more than 595 facial reconstructions for unidentified deceased children. NCMEC is currently assisting with more than 682 cases of unidentified children’s remains, and so far has assisted in165 identifications.
NCMEC operates the CyberTipline, a national mechanism for the public and electronic service providers to report instances of suspected child sexual exploitation.
In 2019 the CyberTipline received more than 16.9 million reports, most of which related to:
- Apparent child sexual abuse material.
- Online enticement, including “sextortion.”
- Child sex trafficking.
- Child sexual molestation.
NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program, which helps to locate and rescue child victims in abusive images, has reviewed more than 322 million images and videos.19,100 child victims have been identified.