Lately as i scroll down my social media’s news feed i see a young girl go missing every day and then they come up found but recently teens been going missing rapidly and haven’t been found. At first it was one than 2 now up to 5 girls going missing a day and now young men too. I feel bothered, upset and sad about the situation because no major blogs is covering this story of these missing teens; these kids deserve to be found and saved. its feeling unease I fear that these teens are being unwilling recruited into sex slavery, if you don’t know what sex slavery is, sex slavery is when strangers kidnap babies, children and adults both men and woman, the sex slave owners force these victims to perform sexual actions against their will with other adults who pay to sleep with these victims. A sex slave customer can be a father, brother, mother, sister, doctors, husband, wife etc the list can go on and on.
A dozen teens have gone missing in Washington D.C. since the beginning of the year, community leaders have become concerned that some of these girls may be victims of human trafficking aka sex slavery.
Reports on the exact number of missing teens has varied: The Huffington Post reportedly conducted an analysis that found there were still 37 unsolved missing persons cases in D.C. since January involving both girls and boys, all of whom are black or Hispanic. A March 14 column in the Washington Post said that as of that day, 10 teen girls remained missing in the D.C. area.
Earlier this week, NBC News published an interactive map of missing D.C.-area teens, mostly female, whose last locations were known.
Among them are 15-year-old Dayanna White, who did not return home from school on March 3 and has not been seen since. Her mother, Dana White-Stevenson, told the Independent Journal Review that she had received minimal support from the Metropolitan Police Department, and that she and her husband have been doing the bulk of the work to find the girl.
Fourteen-year-old Shania Boyd has been missing since March 3. Cherea Payne, 17, vanished on March 17. Very little information about their, and other, disappearances has been made public.
On social media, many have expressed their frustration about the lack of media attention given to these missing black youths, arguing that the disappearance of one white girl can will will often get wall-to-wall coverage while other cases will get ignored.
Reposting cuz the picture I posted yesterday was incorrect photos of the young women missing from D.C. When relaying information about this, we have to be careful we relay the correct info because these are all peoples little girls. 64,000 young black women missing since 2014 in America and heavily recently in the D.C. / Chicago area. I encourage you to use your voice, platform, privilege, phone, eyes, ears, heart in any and every way regarding this situation. If you see something suspicious, speak up. When the media doesn’t do their job it’s up to us to educate eachother, this should be a priority on everyone’s list. Be safe, not sorry. #BringThemHome
Social media efforts to mitigate the lack of news coverage on the disappearance does appear to have raised the profile of the missing teens, along with fears that danger is lurking in the nation’s capital. A recent tweet about some of the missing girls received well over 100,000 retweets.
It takes 3.2 secs to retweet and help find these 8 BLACK GIRLS reported missing in Washington, D.C. during the past three days (1/2) pic.twitter.com/xpEwNcW44S
— Black Marvel Girl (@BlackMarvelGirl) March 13, 2017
The apparent spike in vanishing girls has raised concerns in the community about human trafficking.
Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the non-profit Black & Missing Foundation, told WAMU that the D.C. area is historically a target for human traffickers, and said the fears of such crimes are more than valid.
“What’s alarming is the number of kids going missing in such a short period of time,” Wilson said, “and although they have not linked it directly to human trafficking, we can’t dismiss that that’s an issue we face right here.”
Indeed, law enforcement and public officials have downplayed the significance of the missing teen cases.
At a press conference last week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said there was “no evidence to suggest an increase in missing persons,” continuing:
The number of missing persons reports has remained constant since 2014. What has changed is our way of getting that information out quickly and the tools that we are using to get that out.
But her comments have done little to calm worried — and angry — residents.
“So to say that is not an uptick in the number of kids that are going missing — to see that 10 children go missing within two weeks,” Wilson told Fox 5 D.C. “That right there is alarming in itself.”