A mother of a missing 17-year-old teen is distraught after authorities told her this week that her daughter’s photo is showing up on sex trafficking websites, according to the New York Post.
17-year-old Aviana Weaver was last seen on Sept. 12 in Mount Holly, NJ, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Now, her worried mother says that investigators made a disturbing find, according to New Jersey 101.5.
“We have pornography pictures and my daughter looked completely upset and unhappy in these photos,” Angelica Scarlett told the station. “[Investigators] believe she is in danger of being held against her will. She’s 17 and she looks upset.”
Angelica Scarlett was tipped off that her daughter may be near Broad Street and Erie Avenue in Philadelphia and scoured the area with police officers on bikes, she told the outlet.
“People think they saw her in the area on Wednesday,” Scarlett told the station. “We were there until 1 a.m. [Thursday], but no luck.”
The teen’s phone was last pinged in West Philadelphia and has since been shut off, her mom told the outlet.
“That failed,” she said. “Her phone was there but they’re changing her number constantly. She doesn’t have her phone anymore. They’re using flip phones or burner phones or something.”
Scarlett told the station she received a text from a number that wasn’t her daughter’s, saying Aviana would be home soon for school and that she loved her.
Weaver is of mixed race — black, white and Hispanic — around 5 feet 4 and 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, according to the missing children agency.
Aviana attends Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, her mom said.
“She’s never done this before,” Scarlett told the station. “This is her senior year. She went to school for the first few days and then disappeared. She missed an eye doctor appointment. She doesn’t have any clothes. This is not like her. She hasn’t been known to be on any drugs. We don’t have family or friends in Philadelphia. It’s completely out of character and scary.”
Police in Westampton, NJ, did not immediately provide details on the case.
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