A New Jersey mother is pleading for the safe return of her teenage daughter, who has been missing for nine days, according to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Aviana Weaver, 17, was last seen in Westampton Township in Burlington County, and her mother, Angelica Scarlett, fears her daughter is a victim of sex trafficking.
Weaver was last seen on Sept. 12, and Scarlett told NBC that she had received a text on Sept. 14. from an unknown number claiming to be her daughter and that she was being held against her will.
The teen was last seen wearing black jeans, a nude-colored tank top, and leopard slides, according to Westampton police.
Scarlett said pictures of Weaver have been seen by investigators on sex trafficking websites, according to a report by New Jersey 101.5 FM.
“We have pornography pictures and my daughter looked completely upset and unhappy in these photos,” Scarlett said to the radio station. Investigators “believe she is in danger being held against her will. She’s 17 and she looks upset.”
She also received a tip that her daughter may be in the area of Broad Street and Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, and has been out searching for her daughter herself, according to Facebook posts.
“People think they saw her in the area on Wednesday. We were there until 1 a.m. but no luck,” Scarlett told NJ 101.5.
Weaver is described as being of mixed race — black, white and Hispanic — around 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, according to the missing children agency.
“She’s never done this before,” Scarlett told NJ 101.5. “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.”
Any with information about Weaver’s disappearance or her possible location is asked to call (609) 267-3000 or 911.
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