A 15-year-old Houston girl committed suicide after she was rescued from a sex trafficking ring, according to a report.
Leticia “Letty” Serrano took her own life Saturday two years after her horrific ordeal, news station KTRK reported.
“I feel like I let her down,” her grandmother Cynthia Rivera told the news outlet.
Serrano was only 13 years old when she was drugged and sold to sex traffickers, KTRK reported. She was later found at Moody Park, but her family said she was never the same.
“We got her back damaged,” Rivera said.
Her family is speaking out to raise awareness about the prevalence of sex trafficking.
“We as a community and the system failed this young lady and her family once. Let’s not do it again,” her grandmother wrote on a Facebook page to spread the word.
Now, the family raised money on Facebook for Serrano’s funeral expenses. They also want people to know how prevalent sex trafficking is in Houston, and how to help fight it.
“It’s a very familiar story, unfortunately,” Micah Gamboa, executive director of Elijah Rising.
She says there are thousands of trafficking victims in Houston and over 300,000 in Texas.
“Entire cities are becoming red-light districts. It’s no longer just a centralized or isolated issue. It’s actually spreading across the nation,” Gamboa said.
The non-profit says suicide is common among sex trafficking victims because their traffickers are rarely ever caught.
If you or someone you may know is a victim of sex trafficking, call 713-322-8000 for immediate help.
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