Top 3 Reasons for Child Abduction

The United States


The top three reasons for child abduction in the United States are for money or ransom, medical kidnapping, and child custody disputes.

Money and/or Ransom:

When a child is taken to an unknown place to be sold for money.

  • Children are sold for someone to make money or to be a slave
  • They can be sold for $1,000 to $3,000
  • 15% of the children who are taken die while they are being kept in captivity
  • 4% of the children are not found because they have been sold or they have died
  • People have made $125 million total just from selling children

medical kidnapping:

When a doctor takes a child away from their family and puts the child into an orphanage, foster care, or they are used for drug testing.

  • Often times, parents have done nothing wrong, but the doctor believes that's best for the child
  • If parents disagree with a doctor on one thing (injury, medicine, diagnosis) they can be charged with child abuse
  • Children can be removed by SWAT teams if they don't leave directly from the doctor
  • If any person who works at a doctors office sees unusual bruises, broken bones, etc. they are required, by law, to take the child
  • When any parent takes a child to the doctor that is under the age of 18, they are being watched very closely

Child Custody Disputes:

When a parent takes the child(ren) without telling the other parent or anyone else where they are taking them.

  • 78% of the abductions happen from the non-custodial parent
  • 2,000 children are taken each year
  • 81% of the 2,000 children are 12 years old or younger
  • The children could be missing for months or years
  • In most cases, once the police finds out, the child is not gone for long