The general question of who missing/unidentified kids are comprised of, is what this 3rd Amazing Secrets article is concerned with.
This series began with Racine Jane Doe (RDJ) http://www.examiner.com/article/amazing-secrets-unclaimed-child-evidence... an unclaimed deceased youth found in 1999, whose cold case has been revisited in hopes of solving.
This series probably looks more overall at the masses of kids missing. It isn't clear yet, which if any of these things has to do with Racine Jane Doe, but perhaps it is a baseline of awareness for people who have an interest in such issues. People who are, as this writer something of a novice at such problem solving but willing to be boots on the ground, or fingers on the keyboard such as it is.
The second article looked at what has made people look away, and perhaps the colloquial matches and beyond to what would help more people focus, attend and offer information in youth safety issues to 1.) understand and 2.) improve problem identification and 3.) improve problem solving. http://www.examiner.com/article/amazing-secrets-dealing-with-the-ick-fac...
Basically, the public has to believe that their consideration and input matters. Even when as simple as checking social media information blips or "RT" on Twitter, "like" on Facebook or categorically narrowing a point of interest or entry. Such as this link citing the National Black Physicists regarding ways to pinpoint the Nigerian Girls campaign of #BringBackOurGirls in unimaginable ways. http://www.examiner.com/article/what-are-the-chances-maximizing-social-m...
Ok. Who are these missing kids generally? Not every kid that is gone is going to fall in these categories. There is so much problem with inbound reporting and documentation, all this writer can say, is so far, these are the documented sets of information about who is gone.
FREQUENCY of missing and kidnapped: Here are some fed stats ( which may have exploded as much as 100% since this was created) http://www.mamiverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Teach-Kids-to-Fight-... missing and kidnapped
.@PollyDad cites that missing and directly murdered kids are very rare per current documentation. Well under 10% of the population of kids ever missing.
What is missing attributed TO? WHY are they considered missing? INFOGRAPHIC http://wcfcourier.com/news/evansdale_search/statistics-on-missing-childr...
USDOJ list of missing kid "types" AND rate how often missing kids are reported missing. http://www.life-prints.com/missing-children.htm as much as 50% are unreported.
Policy, custom and law State by State map from Polaris is on the issue of human trafficking in the next paragraph. People want to know what IS working, what is absent, where and WHY. This, potentially so it could be measured, goals set and consistency maintained and improvements happen.
This map infographic shows state by state response to the issues of human sex trafficking, an explosive issue. http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/policy-advocacy/national-policy... This has key spots of comparison, like laws, staffing numbers match need, staff are properly trained and certified, staff have financial resources, facilities, programs, policy and law that help them or not. This is a quick read, very easy to compare state to state and consider what is the "best" currently.
Polaris Project is pretty clear that specialized responses to stop the problem matter, and to respond to the victims matter. Polaris crosses paths with other groups, which will be discussed in another forum.
It would be delightful to have a similar map that cross referenced in a matrix THIS list and related patterns of problems, reporting rates, response times, policy, staffing patterns, staff education level and expertise level, funding and resources and "proper" response packages as compared to national best practices ( what is considered to be the best, right, most effective and financially effective way to deal with problems like these). See Polaris list, and then imagine a comparative list of THOSE or more, state by state for these issues effecting youth safety. Developing perspective on this mixed issue is probably about infant/child/youth/young adult safety, in the end. Composed of failed alerts systems, missing kids, youth and young adults, human trafficking, child sex issues like pedophila or child porn, murder, unidentified child victims and kidnapping...it..... is complex.
The Polaris_Project state map infographic was conceptualized and completed by a couple of individuals on a fellowship ( so paid, advanced graduate students working on professional skill in developing same).
Looking over this series, it should be relatively easy to determine some belief you hold about missing kids as an issue, no, or not so much.
Any community probably has local statistics through the Health and Human Services or Office of Juvenile Justice or Schools or local law enforcement. That sentence alone should show the reader that many different groups are tracking issues, but may not converge on a local level for sharing, decision making and sharing resources. But they are supposed to.
The above links are listings of government findings regarding the missing children.
Profiles of the children themselves are surely more elusive. WHO is taken depends on WHO took them, and under what circumstances. General, to date observations about the frequency of taking what it is taken to mean in these circumstances these days and what customs, policy and law look like from this writer's vantage point, today. Today.
Klaas Kids shows that known, kidnapped and murdered kids are a very low percentage of crime... unusual in the scheme of things.... at least as far as we know. http://klaaskids.org/ Mr. Klaas notes that there have and are alternatives to solving these puzzles.
Kids like Racine Jane Doe have no currently identified aggressor for the crime committed, and that flips any ability of natural systemic progression of understanding her into something of an abyss.
WHAT if the State of Wisconsin is RIGHT and that old map they used didn't catch the problem, but the NEW tools and reassessing for a new map, might just answer the questions. This writer too suspects RJD has some additional data, and a fan club urging it on to resolution which is based in EMPATHY, SYMPATHY, CARING and application of best practices and new tools. Racine did not dismiss RJD based upon the "ick" factor, or the seeming traumas or torture connected to this case.
Things to watch?
Wars across the world, for years causing refugees who need work or relocation or both.
Methamphetamine and crack cocaine.
Explosions of incarcerations for women
Explosions of use of child removal, foster care, adoptions.
War on Women.
Child sex exploitations.
Numbers of child abductions related to child sex exploitation, including assaults, sex trafficking and child porn, have increased as much as 100 fold in a year, those numbers powering forward, in some areas of the US about the time RJD turned up.
Some of those numbers have to do with discovery, denial and locked systems that don't sufficiently document problems at the outset http://www.examiner.com/article/potus-reveals-sex-assault-report-here-ar... or tip families to proper resources.
Some of it is merely supply and demand. and some of it is systemic failed responses. http://www.examiner.com/article/so-what-about-child-sexual-abuse-respons...
WHO ARE THE SEX TRAFFICKED? Victims of human trafficking, both international and domestic, share other characteristics that place them at risk for being trafficked. These include poverty, young age, limited education, lack of work opportunities, lack of family support (e.g., orphaned, runaway/throwaway, homeless, family members collaborating with traffickers), history of previous sexual abuse, health or mental health challenges, and living in vulnerable areas (e.g., areas with police corruption and high crime) (Salvation Army, 2006).
EXACT sex trafficking profile of minors? Risk Factors for Minor Domestic Sex Trafficking Victims Age, Poverty, Sexual abuse, Family substance/physical abuse, Individual substance abuse. Learning disabilities, Loss of parent/caregiver, Runaway/throwaway, Sexual identity issues, Lack of support systems
Stats for that above data, came from this federal literature review http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/07/humantrafficking/litrev/
What is up next? "Where are this girl RJD parents?" ! Is a common question across news, reports, social media and forensic inquiry is that a realistic question ?