It may shock you to learn that according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited (NCMEC) there are to date over 300,000 children involved in forced child prostitution.
The average age of these children is only 14 years old with some of the children as young as 9. These child victims are handled everyday by sophisticated and violent prostitution rings across state lines. Peddled and discarded in what is being called, "The slavery of the 21st century". (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2010)
In the ongoing fight against forced child prostitution, Ernie Allen, President and CEO of the NCMEC recently announced in a letter posted on the NCMEC website, the Amber Alert system that we all have become familiar with is going wireless. Those wishing to make a difference can now receive these alerts via a cell phone.
In addition to the Amber Alert system's new wireless service, My Mobile Watchdog from eAgency Systems is available for your child's cell phone. My Mobile Watchdog immediately alerts you when your child receives an unwanted or suspicious email, text messages, or phone calls. Plus, My Mobile Watchdog lets you stay connected to your child. This is the first service of its kind designed specifically for parents. (pcworld, 2007)(eagency)
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in cooperation with the FBI are working countless hours to find and bring home our missing children. However, there is still more to be done in this fight to rescue and protect our children.