I personally urge any parents with missing children to do all in their power to not only keep pressure on law enforcement and the media, but also to gather with your family, friends, and communities, to put up posters, and to send out search teams yourselves. Keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in your neighborhoods and keep a look after your children and the other children in your community. This has to stop, and the perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice, swiftly and forcefully.
Washington, D.C. has become the epicenter of discussion surrounding what appears to be an alarming number of young Black and Latino girls going missing. Officials in the city have asked for assistance from the FBI and the Justice Department in locating the kidnapped girls, with a trending topic, #MissingDCGirls, spreading across social media in recent days.
As reported by local outlet Fox 5, a town hall meeting was held this week to discuss this recent rash of kidnappings, with some speculation floating about that the instances are related to human trafficking and possible gang warfare. In data shared by Washington officials, just over 500 young people have gone missing in the city since the top of the year with a reported 22 cases remaining unsolved and over a dozen officially reported missing.
This month, a dozen teens of color have gone missing in the Washington D.C. area.
According to the D.C. Police Department, more than 10 Black and Latino teens have been reported missing. But what’s more surprising is that there is little or no press surrounding it.
Since the 3rd of March EIGHT Black girls have been reported missing in D.C.
Jacqueline Lassey, missing from the 1200 block of Morse Street NE. Last seen Friday, March 10, 2017 around 8:00pm.
Taylor Innis, missing from the 4700 block of 5th Street NW. Last seen Friday, March 10, 2017 around 10:30pm.
Yashaiyah Enoch, missing from the 5000 block of Kimi Grey Court SE. Last seen Wednesday, March 8, 2017 around 11:00pm.
Dashann Trikia Wallace, missing from the 200 block of I Street SE. Last seen Wednesday, March 8, 2017 around 12:30pm.
Dayanna White, missing from the 100 block of Ivanhoe Street SW. Last seen Monday March 3, 2017 around 8:00am.
Talisha Coles, missing from the 1000 block of Maryland Avenue NE. Last seen Tuesday March 4, 2017 around 7:25am.
Aniya McNeil, missing from the 1100 block of New Jersey Avenue NW around 9:27am.
Morgan Richardson, missing from the 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE. Last seen Thursday March 6, 2017 around 8:00am.
But, according to the authorities, this is not anything new or at least “nothing to cause alarm.” Are you serious?
“The number of missing persons reports has remained constant since 2014,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said during a news conference on DC’s Fox 5 News.