Stop Online Child Trafficking

Protect Children From Online Exploitation and Trafficking

Child online sexual exploitation is rampant. As with all pandemics, online sexual abuse and trafficking of children is not easy to detect, threatens lives, especially of the most vulnerable, and if unaddressed, will have daunting and irreversible impacts on families and society. In 2019, the New York Times reported in a series of articles on this crime, that 45 million photos and videos of children being exploited, tortured, and abused were uploaded to the internet during the previous year. Some of these children were as young as infants and toddlers. Furthermore, as the Times as well as other human rights groups have noted, the market for these images is growing as children spend increasing amounts of time online.

To respond to the growing reality of this crime, especially during the current pandemic of COVID-19, we encourage you to join us in taking action below and sharing these recommended resources on protecting children and preventing online trafficking and exploitation.

Report Online Sexual Exploitation of Children: 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

NCMEC’s CyberTipline is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. The public and electronic service providers can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet. Learn more or make a report online:

Take the Safety Pledge!

The Safety Pledge is a collaboration between the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the White House to safeguard children online. While we continue to develop our understanding of the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing on child safety, we already know that more time online means more direct access to children, including for those intending to harm them. From online enticement to sexting and sextortion, it is critical that we combine efforts to protect children from online risks.

Take the pledge, and do your part to help keep kids safer online.

Videos on Online Safety and Prevention

For Kids: Stay Safe at Home. Stay Safe Online.

For Parents: Stay Safe at Home. Stay Safe Online.

Webinar: Cyber Safety – More than Meets the Eye