It may shock you to learn that According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children there are to date over 300,000 children involved in forced child prostitution. The average age of these children is only 14 years old with some of the children as young as 9 years old. These child victims are trafficked everyday by sophisticated and violent prostitution rings across state lines. Peddled and discarded in what is being called, “The slavery of the 21st Century”. (NCMEC)
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in cooperation with the FBI are working countless hours to find and bring home our missing children. However, there is still more to be done in this fight to rescue and protect our children.
What if I could show you that you could have the power to save a child’s life in the palm of your hand? What if I could show you how something as common as a cell phone can give you the chance to do much more than check your e-mail or get a call from your office? Are you one of thousands of people still riding the fence about buying a cell phone? Feeling perhaps, you are not important enough or maybe you just don’t have a need for one. You may be asking yourself what do cell phones have to do with missing children. Ernie Allen President and CEO of the NCMEC said it best in his recent letter posted on the NCMEC website announcing that the Amber Alert system that we all have become familiar with is going wireless. This being done in the attempt to make everyone apart of the rescue team to report a child abduction. Those wishing to make a difference can now receive these alerts over a cell phone. Minutes make all the difference in the world in a child’s abduction. You could be the one that saves a child’s life.
Not only does a cell phone become a weapon against child abductions for you, but it also can become a tool of survival and protection for your child as well. As reported in a recent article, posted on the pcworld.com website by Carolyn Duffy Marsan announcing a new service from eAgency Systems available for your child’s cell phone. This is the first cell phone monitoring service designed specifically for parents. (Marson)
In addition, a survey conducted by the communications software company Aricent, written by Thomson Reutors the world’s largest international multimedia news agency reported of 339 parents polled that 78 percent were considering getting a cell phone for their child. For one reason, so they could be in contact with them in case of an emergency. Of that 78% a third indicated that they were considering buying one this year. (Reuters)