Missing Children, Runaways and the Human Trafficking Connection
I would like to propose this presentation entitled "Missing Children, Runaways and the Human Trafficking Connection" as an awareness and educational forum mainly to the law enforcement community and child welfare professionals. I feel that this is important because in this day and age its to easy to dismiss a runaway as just a "runaway." Believe it or not, I personally see it happen too frequently. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, "Of the nearly 25,000 runaways reported to the NCMEC in 2017, one in seven were likely a victim of child sex trafficking. Of those, 88% were in the care of social services when they went missing. (1) In this presentation, I plan on discussing the statistics, the contributing factors as well as discuss real life missing child cases, resources and tools.
Outline/Structure of the Presentation
The presentation will be set up in a slide show format with a question and answer session at end. My presentation is still being constructed. the below linked video may be included in the presentation depending on time factors.
My goal in this presentation is to educate and bring awareness to the missing children / runaway connection to human sex trafficking. To help re-educate some of the Attendees to expand their patience threshold and show compassion in the victimology of these children. To bring to the table some wonderful resources and tools that they may use going forward.
Law Enforcement and Child Welfare Professionals
Prerequisites for Attendees