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More than 50 black young women, girls missing in NY, NJ

May 13, 2021 5:30 am

Sytonia Reid is reporting for TheGrio there are currently more than 50 black young women and girls missing from New York and New Jersey with nearly 20 going missing in the first few months of 2021, according to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. An investigative report by New York’s Amsterdam News has detailed multiple cases of missing black adolescent girls who range in ages from 15 to 19. “We’re seeing more and more young girls and boys lured into sex trafficking or meeting someone online,” said Natalie Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation. “These predators know how to navigate social media and they’re interacting with our children. Sadly, we’re seeing an uptick in kids who are going missing.” Those recently missing include a 17-year-old from New York City; a 16-year-old from the Bronx and a 17-year-old from Teterboro, New Jersey. Black women and girls represent 40 percent of sex trafficking victims, according to the Congressional Black Caucus. There are also 64,000 black women missing nationwide, according to FBI data gathered by the Black and Missing Foundation. The foundation notes that while nearly 40 percent of missing persons are people of color, cases concerning missing black people are still under-reported. Read the full story at yahoo [dot] com.

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