An astounding 2300 Americans are reported missing every day, including both adults and children. But only a tiny fraction of those are stereotypical abductions or kidnappings by a stranger…
Reports of missing persons have increased sixfold in the past 25 years, from roughly 150,000 in 1980 to about 900,000 this year. The increase was driven in part by the country’s growing population. But the numbers also indicate that law enforcement treats the cases more seriously now, including those of marginalized citizens.
For example, the federal government counted 840,279 missing persons cases in 2001. All but about 50,000 were juveniles, classified as anyone younger than 18.
The National Center for Missing Adults, based in Phoenix, consistently tracks about 48,000 “active cases,” says president Kym Pasqualini, although that number has been bumped up by nearly 11,000 reports of persons missing after this year’s hurricanes.
In a phone interview, Pasqualini said a breakdown of the 48,000 cases reveals the democratic nature of America’s missing persons.
Slightly more than half—about 25,500—of the missing are men. About four out of 10 missing adults are white, three of 10 black and two of 10 Latino.
Among missing adults, about one-sixth have psychiatric problems. Young men, people with drug or alcohol addictions and elderly citizens suffering from dementia make up other significant subgroups of missing adults. Read the rest, America’s Missing!
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Human trafficking is a billion dollar business and it is well organized consisting of recruiters, fraudulent employment opportunities, facilitators of transportation, exploiters and end beneficiaries of so-called goods and services provided and produced by trafficked persons.
brought to the United States to work as Slaves.
If you are going to traffic the illegal movement of humans, it is done through fear, intimidation, and heinous acts of indecency and cruelty. It is an action carried out by the most severe, abusive, and demeaning practices for the purpose of the exploitation of human beings.
What’s in a name? Call it what you want, but if you are forced against your will for the purpose of being exploited for labor, sexual exploitation or removal of organs by the use of fear, fraud, threats, abduction, coercion, deception, for the purpose of abuse… is Modern Day Slavery!
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