SOURCE: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

June 26, 2014 16:39 ET

Seizure of Domain Applauded by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - June 26, 2014) - The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children congratulates the FBI and IRS on their joint investigation and subsequent seizure of the domain belonging to, an escort website.

"We know that one of the main ways children are sold for sex in this country is via the Internet," NCMEC President and CEO John Ryan said. "We are very encouraged by all of the efforts to help stop the online sex trafficking of children and help survivors reclaim their lives."

Child sex trafficking is a serious issue and is a crime. Though it is hard to estimate how many children are involved, one out of every seven endangered runaways reported to NCMEC in 2013 was likely trafficked. During the FBI's recent Operation Cross Country 8, 168 children were recovered and 281 pimps were arrested in 106 cities nationwide.

The National Center will continue to work with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in the ongoing effort to combat the serious issue of child sex trafficking in the United States.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Authorized by Congress to serve as the nation's clearinghouse on these issues, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 196,000 children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline, a mechanism for reporting child pornography, child sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Since it was created in 1998, more than 2.4 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been received, and more than 112 million suspected child pornography images have been reviewed. NCMEC works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, visit Follow NCMEC on Twitter and like NCMEC on Facebook

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