August 19, 2011
On May 1, 2011, a 12 year old Bronx fifth-grader told the Daily News of her nightmare ordeal the previous September (2010) when she was kidnapped, held hostage, and prostituted over a period of nearly a week. She managed to escape after contacting her family as her abusers slept in another room. When interviewed by the Daily News, the young girl told reporters she wanted her abusers to experience all they had put her through. She has been undergoing therapy to help her cope both her abuse and the subsequent press attention it has garnered. In most cases where a child is exploited in this manner, they are murdered to keep them from talking.
In that case, Dawud McKelvin, 30, who initially struck up a conversation with the young girl as she sat outside on the steps of her family home. He has been charged with rape and is being held on $500,000 bail. McKelvin’s cousin, Lee McKelvin, 38, was also charged. Others involved are also expected to be arrested in last September’s violence.
Another such case, which depicts the ever increasing epidemic of the sex trafficking of children in America, is that of a young runaway befriend at a bus terminal, beaten, forced into drug use, and pimped out by her “friend” online. One of her clients was former New York Giants Lawrence Taylor, who claimed he had no idea the prostitute he hired was a minor and a runaway. Taylor, a repeat felon now, was given probation. The pimp was prosecuted and handed an extensive prison sentence.
Since that time, the girl has been living with her grandmother, Yoland Agostini. The young girl is once again missing and many fear this may be related to the impending trial of those charged with her kidnapping and rape last September. She was last seen leaving her apartment at 7:00 am, Wednesday morning, August 18, 2011.
In 2010, the NYPD reported nearly 7,000 cases of missing children, all but 100 involved ruanways. The Department solved 6,300 of these cases. Less than 24 hours after she vanished, the young girl was found safe and returned home.
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