Since the top of 2017, Black and Latinx teen girls have gone missing in the Washington D.C. area. Very reminiscent of the girls who went missing on daily bases last year in the Bronx, residents are fearful that these girls are being taken and sold into a sex trafficking ring.
Last night (Mar. 24), D.C., 93.9 WKYS’ The Fam In The Morning held a town hall meeting with residents and community leaders to discuss the disappearance of the girls. Mayor Muriel Bowser and officials from the Metropolitan Police Department were also in attendance.
Attendees at Wednesday’s town hall meeting pushed for answers to these questions and more. Especially after a metropolitan officer stated the best way for girls in the area to be safe is to not leave the house. Naturally, this caused backlash on social media and in the community.
During the town hall meeting, it was addressed why Amber Alerts aren’t sent out when these girls go missing. For law enforcement to consider issuing an Amber Alert, the following criteria need to be met:
– An abduction has to have occurred
– There is imminent danger of bodily injury
– There is imminent danger of death
– Person needs to be younger than 17 years old
One young lady broke down when discussing her fear to do day-to-day activities without being scared. Watch the full town hall meeting above.