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Child Sex Trafficking

The Child Sex Trafficking Team was created at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® in October 2011 to respond to the increased need for technical assistance and analysis in cases of domestic child sex trafficking.

In 2003, the FBI in conjunction with NCMEC and the U.S. Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, launched the Innocence Lost National Initiative to address the growing problem of domestic child sex trafficking.

NCMEC, a part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, provides assistance to law enforcement agencies in their efforts to identify and recover victims of child sex trafficking and prosecute the offenders.

Child Sex Trafficking Team services are only available to law enforcement.

Did you know…


One in seven endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2013 were likely sex trafficking victims.

Purpose and function

As a part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative NCMEC serves as a clearinghouse for information obtained from the public and Electronic Service Providers about victims of child sex trafficking. NCMEC also provides analytical and technical assistance to law enforcement investigating these cases and dedicates case management support for missing children victimized through sex trafficking.

The Child Sex Trafficking Team provides comprehensive analytical services to law enforcement and helps link cases of possible child sex trafficking to missing child cases known to NCMEC.

For more information about NCMEC's Child Sex Trafficking Team or to request assistance with a child sex trafficking case, contact the Child Sex Trafficking Team at

If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, please report to the CyberTipline or call 1-800-THE-LOST.


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Innocence Lost National Initiative

For more information including updates regarding major cases visit the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative.

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