finally the media are starting to post about what could have really happened to her..
please Lord, if she is alive, do not let them hurt her anymore
Was missing homeless girl Relisha Rudd sold into human trafficking network? National group thinks so
Relisha Rudd, 8, and her alleged killer, Kahlil Tatum
Relisha Rudd was last seen on March 1. And an extensive search around Washington, D.C., has turned up the body of her alleged abductor, but no sign of Relisha.
the mystery surrounding the girl’s disappearance only deepens, a
national missing persons organization in Washington, D.C. thinks that
the missing 8-year-old girl could have been sold into a human
trafficking network, according to a report by WUSA-9.
Black and Missing Foundation has been assisting police in the search
for Relisha. It says that more than 200,000 persons of color were
reported missing in the U.S. last year.
"Sadly, this is an everyday occurrence," said Natalie Wilson, who co-founded the group.
Derrica Wilson, a former police officer, co-founded the Black and Missing Foundation with her sister Natalie Wilson.
group's goal is to bring awareness to missing persons of color, a
segment of the missing persons population they say too often goes
unnoticed. But, not Relisha.
"Compared to other cases, Relisha's case has gotten quite a bit of media coverage," Natalie Wilson told the TV station.
Now, the sisters stress that the search for Relisha needs to expand far beyond D.C. and include more than just police, WUSA9 reported.
could be anywhere and we need to help find her. We would like the
public to get involved. Again, somebody knows something," Natalie Wilson
told the station.
The group added that Relisha's appearance might
have been altered, so police pictures may not help in the public
The group says that Relisha could now have
shorter hair or may be dressed like a little boy. They said it is
important take an extra look at every child you come across to see if it
might be Relisha.
Background: An Amber Alert was issued
for Relisha on March 20. According to D.C. Police, Relisha was last seen
on March 1 in the District with Kahlil Tatum, the man police believe
abducted her. At the time, Tatum was trusted by the girl’s family. He
worked at a homeless shelter where the family stayed.
March 2, Tatum, 51, purchased a carton of 43-gallon self-tying black
trash bags, and later was in the area of the aquatic gardens in
Kenilworth Park for a period of time. After that, Tatum was going to
work and was seen in D.C. through March 20, but Relisha was not seen.
Monday, police searching the park for Relisha found Tatum's body,
instead. Meanwhile, Tatum's wife was found dead in a Maryland motel room
on March 20.