Where are the missing girls?
That was the question posed by a New York City Council member who announced this week that 14 girls, most of them black and Hispanic, have gone missing from their Bronx neighborhoods over the past two years. The girls, six of whom have gone missing this month alone, are between the ages of 12 and 19, according to New York City Councilman Andy King, who released a list of the names of the missing girls and said he fears they have been abducted and forced into prostitution.
The New York Police Department said it is still reviewing the missing persons cases, but King is hoping to raise awareness about the girls on his own. Two Bronx girls went missing on June 23, he said.
“Every other week our young girls are just vanishing off our streets,” King said. “Something is going on. They are attractive girls. How do you get the numbers vanishing?”
The girls who are missing include Ashley Bissal, a 16-year-old who was reported missing June 23 after she failed to pick up her little sister from school; Emily Arroyo, a 15-year-old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who has disappeared twice before and went missing April 26; and Jada Jordan, a 12-year-old who was last seen on March 23 at her school.
King said the trend was “disturbing.”
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