The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® conducts analyses of the various data-types that NCMEC collects through the CyberTipline and other means. Below you will find descriptions of and links to NCMEC’s most recent reports.
Production and Active Trading of Child Sexual Exploitation Images Depicting Identified Victims
Since 2002 NCMEC has operated the Child Victim Identification Program (CVIP), which serves as a clearinghouse of information for files pertaining to identified children of child sexual exploitation imagery from around the world. A research team led by principal investigator Dr. Michael Seto received funding from Thorn to conduct the first-ever analysis of the data collected by CVIP over a decade. The purpose of this research was to learn more about the patterns and trends of the victimology of child sexual exploitation imagery. Also included in this study was an examination of the variables across actively traded distribution status, providing insight to what types of cases trend towards online circulation. As stated in the report, “these results have implications for law enforcement investigations regarding adult-created child pornography cases through a better understanding of the relationships between child, offender, and offense characteristics.
The Online Enticement of Children: Pre-Travel report is NCMEC's latest analysis of CyberTipline reports. To better understand the evolving trend of "online enticement", NCMEC analyzed over 5,800 reports made to the CyberTipline in 2015 by Internet companies, other agencies and the public about the interactions and exchange of information by/between individuals regarding the online enticement of children. The findings of this in-depth analysis further substantiated online enticement as a complex form of victimization. Overall patterns and trends focus on offenders’ goals (e.g. explicit images, sex) and tactics (e.g. grooming, threats), the nature of child/offender relationships (e.g. unknown, acquaintance, familial), the various online locations used to commit this crime and the aftermath/outcomes for child victims. In addition, important variations from these overall patterns by child age/gender groups are also discussed. The findings in this report—the overall patterns as well as the unique experiences of certain child groups—have important implications for the collective knowledge about the online enticement of children, including prevention and intervention efforts on this topic. Read the full report and executive summaries here.
Trends Identified in CyberTipline Sextortion Reports: Since the CyberTipline began tracking sextortion in October 2013, these reports have been on the rise. In just the first two full years, between 2014 and 2015, there was a 90% increase in the total number of reports; a pattern that has continued, with sextortion reports up 150% within the first several months of 2016 compared to the number of reports in that same time-frame in 2014. Click here to read the Sextortion Fact Sheet from the report.
A 10-Year Analysis of Attempted Abductions and Related Incidents: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® collects information about attempted abductions, short term "abduct and release" incidents and other types of suspicious incidents involving children. NCMEC analysts proactively track and collect data concerning attempted abductions in an effort to identify possible patterns and provide technical assistance and resources to law enforcement.
NCMEC analyzed data from 10 years of attempted abductions and related incidents. To view the full analysis, click here.
A Global Landscape of Hotlines Combating Child Sexual Abuse Material on the Internet and an Assessment of Shared Challenges: Conducted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® and funded by Google.org, the Global Research Project was an examination of hotlines combating Internet facilitated Child Sexual Abuse Material. The online sexual exploitation of children is a global challenge and countries around the world are uniting in pursuit of a comprehensive plan to prevent and disrupt the online spread of CSAM.