Outrage Over Missing Girls In Washington DC
"Let's find our missing girls," was the pledge that Washington Metropolitan Police Department's new commander, Chanel Dickerson made two months ago. Black and Latina girls have been reported missing at alarming rates. The Metropolitan Police Department recorded 501 cases of missing children so far in 2017 and said 22 cases were open as of last Wednesday. These girls are going missing at such a high rate that many people are beginning to believe that this is a conspiracy. Maybe they are being kidnapped and thrown into sex trafficking is one theory that has crossed a lot of people's minds.
The media has not been covering the story as they do other topics. According to Natalie Wilson, co-founder of, the Black and Missing Foundation, young black people who go missing are usually classified as runaways and don't get an "Amber Alert". It seems like there are too many people that the police department is not putting enough resources into investigating and looking for these girls. Lawmakers issued a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey, one sentence from that letter sums up what many people are thinking and it's,
"When children of color go missing, authorities often assume they are runaways rather than victims of abduction."
Dickson held a news conference last Friday, saying that numbers of missing girls were decreasing.
"We have received a lot of media attention and a lot of concern from the public because of the number of releases. There have been concerns that young girls in the District of Columbia are victims of human trafficking or have been kidnapped, or that there's an increase in the number who have gone missing. And I say this without minimizing the number of missing persons in DC -- because one missing person is one person too many -- but there's actually been a decrease," she added. "There is always a concern of human trafficking, but we have no evidence for this."
If you know anything about any of the girls that have gone missing please call 911 or directly to the DC police department at 202-727-9099. Whether these girls were kidnapped or runaways we hope that they all make their way safely back home. Here are a few pictures of the missing girls, please spread the word.