Dear God whenever 538 strays from sports or polling it is just a disaster and the legacy continues:
ONE IN SEVEN CHILDREN who run away from home are "likely victims of child sex trafficking" 538? REALLY? That would be 120,000 children a year.
You're a statistics and polling website, and you decide to run an article with EXACTLY ONE STATISTIC and you do NO WORK to ensure that it's accurate.
I appreciate that some accurate information snuck in here, namely that abductions are rare.
But you've got one big area of strength, which is that you're extremely good at explaining statistics and numbers and applying them to things people care about.

A piece that doesn't grapple with the numbers or even prove that Qanon has harmed anti-trafficking efforts ain't it.
And the thing is, I think Nate Silver is a tremendous writer and I have learned a huge amount from him. But there needs a better editor over there to ensure these other pieces are substantive and useful.

This looks thrown together in a couple of hours.

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