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The number of missing Black and Latina women has spiked in the pandemic. Here’s how data and media obscure the problem.

Since the start of pandemic, there’s been a spike in missing Black and Latina women — a phenomenon that follows yearly upticks of missing people of color, according to experts.

Data from the National Crime Information Center found that 19,545 Black women ages 18 and over went missing in 2020.

Nearly 71,000 Black girls ages 17 and under went missing last year.

“The numbers are spiking,” Natalie Wilson, a cofounder and the chief operating office of Black and Missing Foundation Inc. (BAMFI), an organization that is dedicated to spreading awareness about missing people of color and providing resources for their families, told Insider.

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