Island hosts seminar on abused, exploited children

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) there are over 200,000 missing children whose whereabouts are unknown. That statistic was only one of several discussed during a day-long seminar about abused and exploited children held at the Isla Grand Beach Resort Friday. The 12th annual seminar in forensic sciences was part of a collaboration between Valley Baptist Health System, Blue Sunday  and Child Abuse Education Program of South Texas (CAEP).

The objective of the seminar is, “to unite a multidisciplinary audience in a greater understanding of the origins and ramifications of child abuse and domestic violence in our community,” said Stanley Fisch, president of CAEP.

In a report released by the F.B.I in 2015, 89 percent of sexual solicitations happen in chat rooms. NCMEC cited 96 percent of abducted children are found within one mile of the last location they were seen.

Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries according to the F.B.I. in 2013.

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