Top 3 Reasons for Child Abduction

The United States

Thesis:

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