Oregon Department of Justice

Kidnapping and Trafficking

Kidnapping refers to transporting someone to another location without their consent, or in the case of child abduction, without parental consent. Kidnapping victims may be held in confinement without legal authority in furtherance of another crime, or in many cases in connection with a child custody dispute between parents or family members.

If your child is missing:

From home - Search the house and surrounding area. Pay close attention to wherever a child may crawl or hide such as closets, in and under beds, inside large appliances, and inside vehicles - including trunks. If you still cannot find your child, call your local law enforcement agency.

From a store - If your child disappears in a store, notify the store manager or security office. Many stores have emergency procedures to quickly mobilize employees to search for a missing child. If you cannot find your child within 10 minutes or searching, call your local law enforcement agency.

For more information please visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children or call 1-800-THE-LOST.

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of people for sexual exploitation or forced labor. Victims of human trafficking can be men, women or child who are recruited, transported, or otherwise taken by force because they are vulnerable - they may be seeking a better life, lack employment opportunities, come from an unstable home, or have a history of sexual abuse.

If you are a victim of human trafficking or believe you have information about a possible trafficking situation please call the Oregon Human Trafficking Line at 503-251-2479. For more information please visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center or call 1-888-373-7888.

For related information please see Child Abuse and Rape and Sexual Assault.