A Houston teen who has been missing since Tuesday is believed to be with sex traffickers.
Isabella McCarble, 15, is a sophomore at Memorial High School. Her mother, Christina McCarble, told KHOU that she thinks the teen, who left her house on her own, is now being held against her will by sex traffickers.
“I just want her to come home. I feel like somebody has her; I feel like she’s being held against her will.”
The teen’s phone is shut off and there’s been no activity on any of her social media accounts.
MISSING CHILD IN HOUSTON!!
Isabella Marie McCarble.
Age 15. Born 7-3-02.
Memorial High School.
Missing since 9-30-17 pic.twitter.com/J1eevLWVDI
— KarrieLynn (@Karrie4Trump) October 9, 2017
The family hired Brad Perkins, a private investigator with Your Eye Investigations, who says Isabella has a new friend group.
“She’s definitely been off the grid, she’s hanging out with some bad elements and people that are involved with prostitution, some sexting, drugs.”
Jennifer Hohman, a community advocate, who’s helped bring home five Houston-area girls who were victims of sex trafficking, said “recruiters…know what they are doing, know who they are targeting.” These “recruiters” are posted in high schools and churches, and lure teenagers away from their homes.
McCarble said that because her daughter ran away from home on her own, it’s been harder to get police involved. She pleaded that, “run away or not, my child’s missing and she needs to be found.”
Isabella’s last purchase was tracked to Corner Bakery, near I-10 and Echo Lane last Thursday, September 5. She was also spotted at Memorial High School that day, but she didn’t attend class.
Anyone with information on Isabella’s whereabouts is asked to call Houston Police at 713-884-3131 or Private Investigator Perkins at (832) 881-6754.
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