Teen lady trafficked from Mavericks sport discovered 10 days later in Oklahoma, 8 folks arrested

Eight folks had been arrested in Oklahoma City for allegedly trafficking a 15-year-old Texas lady at a Dallas Mavericks sport final month and now the lady’s household is questioning why extra wasn’t completed to get their daughter dwelling faster.

The teen went to the lavatory on the Dallas’ American Airlines Center on April 8 whereas attending the sport together with her father and by no means returned, her household’s legal professional Zeke Fortenberry of the Fortenberry Firm, PLLC mentioned in a launch, obtained by Fox News.

She was lacking for 10 days till she was positioned by legislation enforcement at an Extended Stay America lodge in Oklahoma City — roughly 200 miles away — on April 18.

The Oklahoma City Police Department arrested Saniya Alexander, Melissa Wheeler, Chevaun Gibson, Kenneth Nelson, Sarah Hayes, Karen Gonzales, Thalia Gibson and Steven Hill in reference to the trafficking case, based on Fox.

Steven Hill was arrested in connection to the human trafficking case of a 15-year-old lady.
Oklahoma City Detention Center
Thalia Gibson

Thalia Gibson was additionally arrested within the case.
Oklahoma City Detention Center

“We are thankful for the work of the Oklahoma City Police Department and the recovery of our daughter,” the lady’s mom mentioned in a press release on May 5. “My heart breaks for the unimaginable things my daughter had to endure for the 11 days she was taken, and I am so glad she is safe as we work toward her recovery.”

When the lady didn’t return to her seat, her father instantly notified area safety and Dallas law enforcement officials of her disappearance, Fortenberry informed the outlet.

The household was capable of observe down the teenager with the assistance of the Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative (TXCTI) — a nonprofit group that was capable of observe down nude pictures of the lady on a prostitution web site.

Sarah Hayes
Sarah Hayes
Oklahoma City Detention Center
Karen Gonzales
Karen Gonzales
Oklahoma City Detention Center

Despite pleas from the lady’s household, the Dallas Police Department by no means investigated the case on account of Texas Family Code legal guidelines, which says lacking juveniles are handled as runaways  “unless there are circumstances which appear as involuntary such as a kidnapping or abduction.”

The household is now demanding solutions as to why Dallas cops or the American Airlines Center didn’t do extra to assist observe down the lady sooner, in addition to why the Extended Stay America allowed a registered intercourse offender with a pretend title and ID to lease rooms.

Kenneth Nelson
Kenneth Nelson was additionally arrested, the lady was discovered with assist from Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative.
Oklahoma City Detention Center

“The systems and organizations involved in this case continually failed the victim. She should never have had contact with the man at the Mavericks game. The Dallas Police should have worked quickly to investigate leads and locate the teenager before she was trafficked to Oklahoma,” Fortenberry informed Fox in a press release.

“The Extended Stay America hotel in Oklahoma City put profits ahead of people by turning a blind eye to the sexual exploitation occurring right before their eyes. This victim’s life will forever be changed. We hope to hold accountable those responsible and create change within these organizations so that this never happens to any other child.”



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