Child Sex Trafficking - NCMEC

Child Sex Trafficking

Child sex trafficking involves the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, or advertising of a minor child for the purpose of a commercial sex act. Traffickers often prey upon a child’s vulnerability and use psychological pressure and intimidation to control the child for financial benefit relating to their sexual exploitation. Purchasers of children for sex encompass all racial, socio-economic and cultural statuses. Child sex trafficking has devastating consequences for its minor victims, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease or even death.

NCMEC has partnered with A21, a global non-profit working to combat human trafficking on a new PSA, Can You See Me?. The PSA raises awareness and highlights the important role everyone can play in recognizing indicators of child sex trafficking and making a report. An increase in reports will hopefully lead to an increase in victim identification.


Child Sex Trafficking Team
Established in 2011, NCMEC's Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT) provides specialized technical assistance, analysis and recovery services on cases involving child sex trafficking, including:

  • reviewing CyberTipline reports relating to child sex trafficking;
  • assisting on cases of missing children involved in, or at risk of, trafficking; and
  • providing technical assistance and training to help with the identification, location and provision of recovery planning to victims of child sex trafficking.

NCMEC provides “Hope Bags” which contain basic necessities such as toiletries, shoes, snacks and a change of clothes that can be given to recovered victims. Learn more about how your private donation may help sponsor Hope Bags for recovered victims, please click here.

Child Sex Trafficking Team analytical and recovery services are available to law enforcement and child welfare agencies. NCMEC also provides analytical data and technical assistance to civil attorneys representing victims of child sex trafficking.

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


Child Sex Trafficking in America: A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Child Sex Trafficking Risk Factors & Identification Resource

Child Sex Trafficking in America: A Guide for Child Welfare