A woman who escaped a kidnapper often sheds light on the plight of missing black women


Natalie Wilson:

Well, what we find is that often when a child or a young woman goes missing, they’re classified as a runaway.

And if you’re classified as a runaway, you don’t get the Amber Alert at all or any type of media coverage. And the perception is that these young women are promiscuous, they’re deviant, they have some type of deviant behavior, and their lives don’t matter.

More recently, we had a case in Fort Worth, Texas, and a mother whose daughter was missing, she went to law enforcement. And the officer says, how do you know your daughter is not sleeping with a man?

And how disheartening and disrespectful is that? So what – we believe that these law enforcement officers need better training and they need awareness training because they are still missing and valuable members of our community.


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