The lack of a common definition of “missing child,” and a common response to the issue, results in few reliable statistics on the scope of the problem around the world. Even with this challenge, we know that hundreds of thousands of children go missing around the world every year. And this is only a snapshot of the problem.
In many countries, statistics on missing children are not even available; and, unfortunately, even available statistics may be inaccurate due to: under-reporting/ under-recognition; inflation; incorrect database entry of case information; and deletion of records once a case is closed.