According to the National Crime Information Center, there were 170,899 missing black children under 18 in the United States in 2016, more than any other category except for the white/Hispanic ,a combined number of 264,443. This number has jumped with the close of 2017 and the statistics are expected to go up. Across the nation, about 35% of missing children are black, and another 20% are Latino, said Robert Lowery, vice president for the Missing Children Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.Many people believe these children the victims of sex traffickers, kidnappings, and other crimes against children that have gone up in the past years.
All over the globe, Black females are among those being targeted and abducted, and it’s vital that all of these women get the media attention they deserve so that hopes of bringing them back home can soon become a reality.
The abduction of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in mid-April shook the nation after a social media campaign helped to force major news outlets to shine a light on what happened.The leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings, and the U.S. has since stepped in to aid in efforts to get the girls back home safely reports Atlanta Black Star.
During the mid to late 1980s, the toy Teddy Ruxpin became the "Official Spokesbear" for the center at the height of his popularity.Due to this partnership, some stories featured extra information for kids to stay safe from abductions, sexual predators, etc. This also caused his animated series to feature a clip titled "Protect Yourself" in which safety information for kids would be given by then popular child actors.
In September 2013, the United States House of Representatives, United States Senate, and the President of the United States voted to reauthorize $40 million in funding for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as part of Missing Children’s Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 3092; 113th Congress).The Center not only specializes in locating missing children, but identifying the deceased. There are a number of unidentified decedents in the country, some of which are children, teenagers and young adults. Like missing children, posters are created for the cases and, is possible, show forensic facial reconstructions of the subject that show an estimation of their appearance while alive.The reconstructions that the NCMEC creates have been regarded to be state-of-the-art and have been stated to have been mistaken for photographs as noted on Wiki.