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Over a dozen teenage girls vanish from the Bronx prompting fears of abduction, forced prostitution

July 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Over a dozen teenage girls vanish from the Bronx prompting fears of abduction, forced prostitution

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Police officials say more than a dozen teenage girls as young as 12 years old have vanished from the streets of the Bronx, New York without a trace.

Fourteen teenage girls from the Bronx have disappeared since 2014 and local authorities believe that the girls have likely been kidnapped.

All of the missing girls range from ages 12-19 and are all either of African American or Latina descent.

According to the New York Daily News, Councilman Andy King released a list of the missing girls’ names on Wednesday. King displayed concern that the young girls may have been kidnapped and forced into prostitution.

At a news conference, King stated, “Every other week our young girls are just vanishing off our streets.”

“Something is going on. They are attractive girls. How do you get the numbers vanishing?” King added.

Most recently, two girls went missing back on June 23rd. Additionally, 14-year-old Sierra Rivera was last seen on June 2nd, while 15-year-old Emily Arroyo was reported missing on April 26th.

The NYPD confirmed that they are investigating the possibility of kidnapping and prostitution.

Khadijeh Daglowi said that Rivera “was a very nice little girl.”

“She’d always sit out and listen to music with the kids. It’s crazy out here. I don’t feel like it’s a good area,” Daglowi said,

Councilman King said that the rising number of missing girls is “disturbing.” He added, “We need to make our children safe.”

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