A city council member brought to the media’s attention that in the last two years, at least 12 teen girls from the Bronx, ages 12 to 19, have gone missing.
Councilman Andy King released the long list, of more than a dozen young girls. He believes this might be a connected crime spree and says he fears for the girls lives, but thinks they may have actually suffered an even worse fate. King fears they may have ended up as a part of an illegal prostitution ring.
Six of the teens were reported missing this month alone. King’s goal is to spread the word and the girls’ pictures in hopes that someone may have seen them and will report it to police.
The NY Daily News reports:
The missing girls are mostly black and Hispanic.
Authorities said Ashley Bissal, 16, was last seen on June 23, leaving her Grand Concourse apartment. Her family said she was supposed to pick up her 10-year-old sister from school, but never showed up.
Police have checked her boyfriend’s house, but haven’t seen her.
Emily Arroyo, 15, has been missing since April 26, when she was supposed to come home from a juvenile program on Bergen Ave.
A family member said the girl has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and has disappeared twice before.
Jada Jordan, 12, was last seen about 8:30 a.m. on March 23 inside Bronx-Manhattan Seventh Day Adventist School on 1440 Plimpton Ave. in Mount Eden, police said.
She was last seen wearing her school uniform — a burgundy jacket with a Bronx Manhattan School logo, a white shirt and a gray skirt, police said.
King said the trend is “disturbing.”
“We need to make our children safe,” he added.