NCMEC operates the CyberTipline, a national mechanism for the public and electronic service providers to report instances of suspected child sexual exploitation.
In 2019 the CyberTipline received more than 16.9 million reports, most of which related to:
- Apparent child sexual abuse material.
- Online enticement, including “sextortion.”
- Child sex trafficking.
- Child sexual molestation.
150,667 of those reports were from the public and 16.9 million were from electronic service providers.
For a full chart of the number of reports from ESPs in 2019 click here.
Since its inception, the CyberTipline has received more than 74 million reports.4
To further NCMEC’s mission and help reduce proliferation, NCMEC has sent more than 336,000 notifications to electronic service providers regarding publicly accessible websites (URLs) on which suspected child sexual abuse material appeared.5
NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program, which helps to locate and rescue child victims in abusive images, has reviewed more than 315 million images and videos.6
In 2019, reports to the CyberTipline included 69.1 million files with 27,788,328 images, 41,280,816 videos, and 89,053 other files.
Law enforcement has identified more than 19,000 child victims.
NCMEC has assisted with more than 173,000 requests related to helping locate noncompliant sex offenders.7
In 2019, NCMEC responded to more than 10,700 reports regarding possible child sex trafficking.
i All numbers provided reflect program totals since inception, except where otherwise noted.
1 AMBER Alerts began in 1996 and are a program of the U.S. Department of Justice. NCMEC is a secondary distributor of AMBER Alerts.
2 NCMEC’s Team Adam program began in 2003.
3 NCMEC’s Project ALERT program began in 1992.
4 NCMEC’s CyberTipline began receiving reports in 1998.
5 NCMEC began formally tracking notifications to ESPs in 2010.
6 NCMEC’s CVIP program began in 2002.
7 NCMEC created SOTT in 2006.