Girl, 15, rescued 10 days after she was abducted from a Dallas Mavericks basketball game and her photos surfaced on prostitution website


By Sandra Rose

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Stranger abduction is every parent’s worst nightmare. One Dallas father lived that nightmare after his daughter went missing from a Dallas Mavericks NBA game last month.

The father reported his daughter missing to security after she left her seat to use the restroom and never returned.

The family said Dallas police failed to act after a surveillance footage showed the girl leaving the American Airline Center with two men on April 8.

The unidentified teenager’s father was told by police to go home. The family’s attorney said the police did nothing to track down the girl.

Dallas police cited a Texas family law that treats missing teenagers as runaways unless there is evidence of an abduction.

Six days after the girl went missing, the family contacted the Texas Counter-Trafficking nonprofit group, which discovered photos of the girl on a prostitution website and contacted Oklahoma City Police.

Oklahoma City police tracked the girl to an Extended American Hotel in Oklahoma City, about 200 miles from where she was abducted.

Police found the girl in a room with ringleader Kenneth Nelson. Eight people were taken into custody, including Nelson who was charged with human trafficking and distributing porn.

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Karen Gonzales was charged with human trafficking and porn distribution for taking photos of the girl and posting the images on a prostitution website.

“There were several people involved with not only this girl, but others,” said Oklahoma City Police Department spokesperson Gary Knight.

Knight seemed to take a jab at the Dallas Police Department when he said, “We did everything we could to find this girl.”

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Tags: arrest, child abduction, crime news, Dallas police, human trafficking, kidnapping



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