Missing And Exploited Child Case Study

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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s main purpose is to prevent abductions or kidnappings by providing viable information on missing children or adults. Most importantly, the center assists in aiding the victimized families that have dealt with sexual exploitation, kidnapping or abduction. So far, it has been successful, with a 94 percent recover rate which has improving since the 1980s. It is has assisted law enforcement in finding 71,000 out of 87,513 children between the years 1984-2002 (“Congressional record,” 2003). The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children includes 22 different services such as the 24-hour toll free hotline. In addition, the center provides data analytics that help law enforcement identify…show more content…
In that case, the alerts are somewhat helpful, but are not used as often as they should. Some claim the reason why they are not used as often is they fail to get a detailed description of the kidnapper or in other words, “not fitting the criteria”. Second, receiving constant alerts will result in citizens to not care as much, as if it’s a normality. In addition, Amber Alerts are used less often because the kidnapping rate dropped over the years, which results in less alerts (Brown,…show more content…
Now, people are talking about installing facial recognition software in the police officer’s body cams, in order to receive information quicker by scanning the individual’s facial features. These scanners are capable of analyzing an entire city in order to find a match to the missing person. This will help build a larger database which will help identify people easier. It is mentioned that 1 in 2 Americans are already in the database. The question arises if this is legal or not, by going around scanning everybody with no probable cause to do so. However, not many would argue the use of facial recognition if it was used to find a missing person, especially an innocent child (Laperruque, 2016). It is important to note that most movie depicted kidnappings rarely ever occur. In fact, it is mentioned on multiple sources that only a 115 children are actually kidnapped every year by a stranger, but over 200,000 of them a year face injuries, especially car accidents (Hoffman,
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