On April 8, a 15-year-old Texas lady attended a Dallas Mavericks dwelling sport along with her father – the sort of daddy/daughter date often remembered fondly by each for years to come back. However on this event, the evening ended in horror for both the girl and her parents.
Shortly earlier than halftime the lady left her seat to make use of the restroom, and by no means returned. Although her father reported her lacking earlier than the sport even ended, the household’s lawyer now says “Dallas police never began an investigation and failed to make any efforts to locate the teenage girl.” As an alternative, he was informed after the sport, with no indication of his daughter’s whereabouts out there, to go dwelling and wait till he heard one thing from the authorities.
The household’s anguish dragged on. Over several days the household referred to as the Dallas Police Division, earlier than turning to a nonprofit group, the Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative, and located that the lady was being marketed and bought for intercourse in Oklahoma Metropolis.
Eight people have been arrested thus far in reference to the case, the fees starting from human trafficking and distribution of kid pornography to rape.
In keeping with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, household lawyer Zeke Fortenberry “sent a letter to the Dallas Police Department, the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks and Extended Stay America saying that their actions or policies failed the victim and her family.”
Fortenberry says the household’s complaints in opposition to the Mavericks and America Airways Heart heart on the person, who left the sector with the lady, holding a fraudulent ticket. The one that had bought the ticket to the person was identified to be participating on this exercise by each the Mavericks and the America Airways Heart, but the person with the fraudulent ticket nonetheless gained entry to a restricted space the place he met the lady. The problem with Prolonged Keep America facilities on its staff on the Oklahoma Metropolis location, the place police found the lady, having inadequate coaching to acknowledge the intercourse trafficking actions going down.
A facet word from WFAA’s story on the crime:
Fortenberry stated he has not but acquired a response from any of the events to whom he despatched the letter. However he stated he hopes to listen to again inside the subsequent month, so the state of affairs will be settled with no lawsuit.
The story highlights a dreadful actuality. Intercourse trafficking just isn’t solely younger girls smuggled throughout the border. It occurs right here at dwelling. To these concerned within the crime, could God have mercy on their souls as nobody else on this planet can be equally inclined. For the lady, a prayer that she finds therapeutic.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Kevin Downey Jr. at our sister web site, PJ Media, has posted the names of those arrested in this case, and helpful tips to keep your children safe from human and sex trafficking.)