Trigger Warning: 

Human trafficking is expected to produce $32 billion in income every year. Many of the victims are minors.

Learning to keep children safe from abduction is critical since every child is in danger. Here are some facts about child abduction:

  • Most missing children have either gone away or had a misunderstanding with their parents about where they were meant to be.
  • A family member or an acquaintance takes most children and teenagers abducted; strangers take 25%.
  • Almost all children abducted by strangers are taken by men, with female children accounting for nearly two-thirds of all abductions.
  • The majority of kidnapped children are in their twenties.
  • Children are seldom kidnapped from school grounds.
  • In the United States, the typical age for a teen to enter the sex trade is 12 to 14 years old. Many victims are runaway females who were molested sexually as minors.
  • More than 80% of the 600-800,000 persons trafficked over international boundaries are women, with half being children.
  • In 2012, approximately 100,000 children in the United States were forced to engage in prostitution or pornography. That figure is almost certainly higher now than it was eight years ago.

Preventing Abductions 

Every day, around 2,100 complaints of missing children are reported in the United States. Many cases are easier to solve when parents supply vital information about their children, such as height, weight, eye color, and a clear current photo. Here are five tips you can follow to prevent a possible abduction or be prepared in case your child goes missing:

Tip #1

Check that all custody documentation is in order and that your children’s data is in place. Every six months, get your children photographed and fingerprinted and maintain your children’s medical and dental records. 

Fingerprints are an essential integral part of the missing child’s case. Fingerprints are a vital part of the missing child’s case. They help identify the child and lead to their whereabouts. Apart from DNA and Fingerprints, your child’s dentistry can help identify them.
Use Be Your Child First Responder Kits to collect your child’s DNA, fingerprints, and footprints.

Tip #2

The internet is beautiful, but it’s a place where predators may stalk children. Keep your children’s Internet activity and chat room “friends” and urge them not to provide personal information. Avoid publishing personal information or photographs of your children online.

Talk to your child about what they’re reading, viewing, and who they’re connecting with online as soon as they start using it, and keep the dialogue continuing as they become older. Ask your child what websites or applications they use, make a list, and go through it with them. Discuss with your child what you believe is suitable, and remind them that this may differ for other parents and their children.

It’s also critical to teach kids about their online reputation and the need to be cautious about how they behave, connects with others, and portray themselves on such a public platform. They must keep in mind that the internet is not private.

Tip #3

Set limits on where your children can go. Supervise children in public venues such as malls, movie theaters, parks, and public restrooms or during door-to-door fundraising. Never, ever leave a child alone in a car or stroller.

Create some rules with your child about how to deal with strangers. Tell your child to avoid chatting with strangers when you are not around. You should also tell them what to do in case they get lost. Make a plan to follow if you become separated while you’re out that they should seek assistance from a police officer, another adult with children, or someone working at a nearby shop.

Tip #4

Discussing Stranger Danger. One of the most challenging aspects of parenting is educating your children to be careful without instilling fear or worry in them. Talk to your children about safety regularly, and teach them the fundamentals of avoiding and escaping potentially harmful situations. 

Your children should be ready to understand “strangers” by age four. Explain to them that a stranger is somebody they do not know. You can include instances from a regular day. To prevent frightening your child, emphasize that they don’t make them a nice or terrible person.

Tip #5

Ensure your children know their names, addresses, phone numbers (including area codes), and who to call in an emergency. Practice dialing 911 or a local emergency number. Discuss what to do if they become disoriented in a public location or store – most businesses have emergency protocols for dealing with misplaced children. 

Remind them that they should never search for you in the parking lot. Instruct children to seek assistance from a cashier, stand near the registers, or towards the front of the building away from the doors. Point out friends’ houses in the neighborhood where your children can go if they get into trouble.

In conclusion, ensure you and your child are prepared if something happens. Make sure to talk to them about outside dangers without scaring them. The goal is for them to be able to react in case something happens and not be afraid of people or the outside world.

Lina Sardar Khil was last seen on the afternoon of December 20, 2021, at a playground at an apartment complex (Villas Del Cabo) located in the vicinity of the 9400 block of Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio, Texas. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, a red dress, and black shoes. Lina has straight, shoulder-length hair.

If you have seen Lina, please contact the San Antonio Police Department at (210) 207-7660. You may also contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

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