Monday, July 7 2014, 09:38 PM CDT
Missing Oregon teen feared to be trafficking victim
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police are searching for a 17-year-old who they believe may be a victim of human trafficking.
"We've put her picture all over the internet. We've put out thousands of flyers," Lynda Jorgenson, the missing teen's mother, said.
Anji Dean's family can not believe no one has seen the 17-year-old since she vanished from her home while her mother was watching a movie June 23.
"It scares the bejesus out of me because she didn't run off her own," Jorgenson said.
Just hours before she vanished, a neighbor spotted Anji getting out of a car filled with people in front of her house. It is described as a light blue, older model Volvo. The driver was a black male with a goatee between 25 and 35 years old.
"It rings no bells for us. I don't believe she left thinking she was running away ... I believe after speaking with law enforcement and the detective on the case that we may be dealing with a human trafficking situation her in Clark County," Michelle Bart, president of National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation, said.
Bart is now working with the family and detectives on this troubling case.
"She left her wallet, her ID, her school cards and bank cards," she said.
In her room she left her glasses, clothes and all of her personal belongings. She also sent her boyfriend a text just days before disappearing, telling him she had gotten into something bad and someone was threatening to kill him and her family.
Her boyfriend is cooperating with detectives.
Authorities also discovered a cell phone that the teen's parents did not know she had. They are analyzing it for clues.
"Somehow she was communication with the people who wanted her out of the house and to utilize her for whatever their agenda is," she said. "We just want her home. We want her safe. We are scared to death of what could be going on. She's only 17. There's a lot of really bad people out there."