How many teens run away each year? According to the Department of Health, more than 1 million teenagers run away from home each year. The National Runaway Switchboard reports that 86% of runaways are between the ages of 14 to 17 and 74% are female, while 26% are male.
Nearly 800,000 children younger than 18 are missing each year, or an average of 2,185 children reported missing each day. More than 200,000 children were abducted by family members. More than 58,000 children were abducted by nonfamily members. 115,000 children were the victims of stereotypical kidnapping.
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Missing and Exploited Children
According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.
Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.
The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55%) compared to 9.5 million (45%) men.
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