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In October, 2002 the United States Department of Justice, Office of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention prepared the
National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and
Thrownaway Children. In that report, the following key facts
were provided:

In 1999, there were an
estimated 203,900 children abducted by family members.
Only 56,500, or 28% were reported to law enforcement.

Of these 203,900 children, 110,106 (54%) were
under six years old.


Fifty-three percent
(108,067) of family abducted children were abducted by
their father and twenty-five percent (50,975) were
abducted by their mother.

Approximately twenty-one
percent (42,819) of the children abducted by non-custodial
family members, were missing for more than one month, and
six percent (12,700) remained missing.

The “typical” family
abducted child is six to eleven years old, female, white,
and of single parent households.

The “typical” abduction
occurs with no threat or use of force or weapon, with the
intent to prevent contact and affect custody permanently.


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