A commuter in Skokie, Illinois thought the boy riding on her bus looked too young to be by himself. Her first thought was – that doesn’t look right. Should she call police? What if she was wrong?
A customer leaving a Waffle House in St. Petersburg, Florida got a funny feeling about a young girl standing alone outside the restaurant. Was it strange or was he reading too much into it? Should he call 911? What if he was wrong?
But what if they’re right?
Both instances were missing kids who had been sold for sex by traffickers who exploited their basic needs for food, shelter and love. By making that call to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), these concerned citizens played a critical role in helping law enforcement combat a violent crime against children that is happening in plain sight – in every city and every community in this country. “It’s better to be wrong and take a few minutes to make a report than to be right and not,” said Eliza Reock, NCMEC’s strategic advisor on child sex trafficking issues. “Many of us take trains, the metro and buses to get to work every day. We stay in hotels, stop at rest stops, shop at convenience stores. All of these activities may provide opportunities to see something that doesn’t look right and make a report that could lead to the recovery of a child being sold for sex.”
Get a complete list of physical and behavioral indicators and red flags you should look for at missingkids.org. Don’t hesitate to call 911 and make a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline – 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) or online at cybertipline.org. Read more here.
By: Patricia Davis