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The minor under 15 years of age who, allegedly, was kidnapped by sex traffickers from a Dallas Mavericks basketball game and found in Oklahoma City was captured by surveillance cameras leaving American Airlines Center with a man.
This week’s report from The Oklahoman indicates that police authorities in Dallas initially they reported the case of the adolescent as one of flight. The girl he was at the game with his father, he got up to go to the bathroom and never came back.
In written statements to the aforementioned medium, the Dallas Police Department indicated that on April 8, one of its officers who worked in the space was notified of a missing person in the game. That night, a search of the premises began.
“The Texas Family Code dictates that missing youth cases are investigated as runaways until there are circumstances that appear involuntary such as kidnapping or kidnapping. These cases by code must be presented where the young person resides, ”says the Department’s statement.
“A report was generated by the Dallas police and this office assisted the North Richland Hills Police Department (lead agency since the teenager resided there) and a bulletin on the missing person was created and left the department on April 11, 2022, “adds the police statement.
In Oklahoma City, police were alerted to concerns that the girl was being illegally trafficked for commercial sexual purposesand that there were even advertisements with photos of her.
On April 15, officers arrested three people in connection with the case on charges of human trafficking.
So far, eight people have been arrested.
The trio is accused of holding girl captive in Extended Stay America hotel. The defendants remain in custody at the Oklahoma County Jail.
Three days later, on April 18, the minor was located near the area of SW 15 and Westwood Boulevard.
The agency’s statements come after the teenager’s family alleged that authorities in Dallas refused to open an investigation into her disappearance.
Reports from other media such as The Dallas Morning News indicate that the minor had been reported missing in April 2021. At that time, her trail was lost for two days until the Fort Worth police found her.
In the opinion of activists who work with victims of sex trafficking, the case came to light again because the public is not aware of the prevalence of this problem.
“For whatever reason, this story sent a shock wave through the community,” Melissa Eick, co-founder of The Dragonfly Home, a crisis center for victims of sex trafficking, told The Oklahoman. “Human trafficking and sex trafficking is happening every day. That has not changed. Perhaps it is because the majority of the public is not aware that this happens every day,” the spokeswoman said.
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