How to help a missing child
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — If you or someone you know is a missing child, a child sex trafficking victim or a runaway, you can get help. Here are some resources you can contact.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Use this number to report any information of missing children and/or exploited children. You can report child sexual exploitation and other crimes against children at www.cybertipline.com.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1-888-373-7888
This toll-free number is a resource for victims and survivors of human trafficking. It can be used to get help, request services and connect victims with survivors. It can also be used to report any human trafficking tips. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 200 different languages.
The National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
This is a 24 hour safe line for runaways. It’s a place runaways can call if they want help getting off of the street. They speak with trained professionals who provide resources, support, and keep all information confidential.
If you know anything about missing children, runaways, sexual exploitation, and any other crimes or emergencies, please call 911.
Former Chairman of the National Center of Missing Children, Ernie Allen encourages the public to use these free resources. “My message to the public is, first, think. Look at what you are seeing, does it look suspicious to you? Could it be anything other than innocent? And secondly, if you think that, don’t keep it to yourself. Call one these hotlines and tell somebody,” said Allen.
During Allen’s 28-year-tenure, the first missing children’s hotline was created and over 180,000 missing children were recovered.
“We had had a lot of cases at the National Center… in which average citizens, doing average things but simply paid attention, have called that hotline and it resulted in rescue, and the saving of the life of a child,” said Allen.
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