Over 501 cases of missing teens in D.C. since January 2017

(PPN) – The Congressional Black Caucus called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the FBI to help search for missing black and brown girls in the Washington D.C. area.  Almost 40% of children reported missing in the U.S. are black according to the Black and Missing Foundation.

In the past few months, 10 African-American and Latina teen girls have gone missing. There is no indication about whether they were abducted, ran away from home, subjected to violence, or funneled into the sex industry.

In 2014, 64,000 Black women were missing in America.

According to reports, the names of the missing girls include: Yahshaiyah Enoch and Aniya McNeil, both 13; Juliana Otero, Jacqueline Lassey, Dashann Trikia Wallace, Dayana White and Morgan Richardson, all 15; and Talisha Coles, 16.

There has been 501 logged cases of missing juveniles since the beginning of this year. Many of them were black or Hispanic girls and 22 of those cases have not been solved as of Wednesday.

The request letter, dated Tuesday and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, was sent by Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District in Congress.

In the letter, Richmond also criticized the lack of attention the cases received.

“Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” he said.

Recently, the FBI found Patriot’s QB Tom Brady’s jersey in Mexico after they were assigned to this case. An international reporter stole two Superbowl jerseys out of the locker room. This issue gained massive media attention, unlike these missing teen cases.

There is an old urban legend about organ trafficking that occurs in this country every year and with a new case of missing black girls in our nation’s capitol, many are starting to believe  that the long time myth may have some truth to it.

Recently there was a case about a black teenager, Kendrick “K.J.” Johnson, 17, found dead in a school gym. His parents had his body exhumed and his organs was missing. The inside of his body was stuffed with newspaper.

At least, 2,500 black people go missing every year. One missing is too many.

Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, said that despite the assurances from police, it was alarming for so many children to go missing around the same time.

“We can’t focus on the numbers. If we have one missing child, that’s one too many,” Wilson said.

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