Eight people have been arrested in Oklahoma City for allegedly trafficking a 15-year-old Texan girl at a Dallas Mavericks game last month, and now the girl’s family is wondering why more wasn’t done to get their daughter home faster bring.
The teenager went to the restroom at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on April 8 while attending the game with her father and never returned, her family attorney Zeke Fortenberry of Fortenberry Firm, PLLC, said in a press release, the Fox News is available.
She was missing for 10 days until she was found by police on April 18 at an Extended Stay America Hotel in Oklahoma City — about 200 miles away.
According to Fox, Oklahoma City Police arrested Saniya Alexander, Melissa Wheeler, Chevaun Gibson, Kenneth Nelson, Sarah Hayes, Karen Gonzales, Thalia Gibson and Steven Hill in connection with the human trafficking case.
“We are grateful for the work of the Oklahoma City Police Department and our daughter’s recovery,” the girl’s mother said on May 5. “My heart breaks for the unimaginable things my daughter has endured over the 11 days she was kidnapped and I’m so glad she is safe while we work towards her recovery.”
When the girl failed to return to her seat, her father immediately notified arena security and Dallas Police officers of her disappearance, Fortenberry told the outlet.
The family was able to locate the teenager with the help of the Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative (TXCTI), a non-profit organization that was able to locate nude photos of the girl on a prostitution website.
Despite pleas from the girl’s family, the Dallas Police Department has never investigated the case due to Texas Family Code laws, which state missing juveniles will be treated as runaways “unless there are circumstances that appear to be involuntary, such as.” a kidnapping or kidnapping”.
The family are now demanding answers as to why Dallas police or the American Airlines Center didn’t do more to track down the girl sooner and why Extended Stay America allowed a registered sex offender using a false name and ID to rent rooms.
“The systems and organizations involved in this case failed the victim time and time again. She should never have had contact with the man at the Mavericks game. Dallas police should have worked quickly to investigate leads and locate the teen before she was smuggled into Oklahoma,” Fortenberry Fox said in a statement.
“The Extended Stay America Hotel in Oklahoma City put profits ahead of the people by turning a blind eye to the sexual exploitation happening right before their very eyes. This victim’s life will be changed forever. We hope to hold those responsible accountable and bring about change within these organizations so that this does not happen to any other child.”
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