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Police and Family Need Your Assistance To Find Missing Teen Mary Durrett

MISSING AND ENDANGERED CHILD

Mary Durrett
MISSING FROM Houston, TX
AGE 16

16 year old Mary Durrett left her Houston, Texas Home on Thursday, December 7 at approximately 2 pm and hasn’t been seen since. According to her mother, Mary reached out to one friend on Friday 11:30 am and another girl at 1:45 pm. Then all communication stopped. If you have any information regarding the WHEREABOUTS of Mary, please contact Houston Police Department at 832-394-1840. The family’s church has put up a $500 reward for any information that leads to us finding her.

One post from Mary Durrett’s Mother reads "PLEASE SHARE THIS. In Texas and surrounding states we used to live in Louisiana and still have a lot of family and friends there. Mary, if you see this, please know that there’s noting you’ve done that could ever make me not love or want you. I just want my baby home. Everyone, please help me!!!!"

Houston Is A Human And Sex Trafficking Hub

Houstons Voice For The Missing’s mission is to raise awareness and to educate citizens about the problem with Human and Sex trafficking in our communities. Children, specifically teens labeled as a "runaway" are the prime targets for Human traffickers. Sex trafficking occurs when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person performing the act is under the age of 18. Sex trafficking occurs in a number of venues, including the internet, street prostitution, illicit massage parlors, cantinas, and other sexually oriented businesses. Victims are offten unaware that they are being lured into Human Trafficking until its too late. Victims are bought and sold through force, fraud, or coercion and may be lured as vulnerable children into a life of prostitution without even realizing it. The demand for commercial sex fuels this criminal enterprise, and in Houston, the demand is higher than any other city in the United States. Our community is home to over 300 illegitimate sexually oriented businesses, and hundreds of internet advertisements are posted for commercial sex in Houston each day. Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are hiding in plain sight, and the first step to combatting the issue is for community members to become aware of the issue in their own backyard, and real that every runaway and/or missing child in our communities is a protintial trafficking victim. 1 in 3 children are sexual exploited in some way within the first 72 hours of runaway from home. Houston we have a problem… And we need to bring our missing home!

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