A shocking petition on #JusticeForZephaniahTrevino surfaced about a 16-year-old Latinx girl who has been accused of aggravated robbery and capital murder. With over 1,13,396 signatures, the cause seems to have come into limelight and caught much attention on social media. The one question on everyone’s minds is: Who is Zephaniah “Zephi” Trevino?
The 16-year-old girl is a junior in high school and was raised by parents Henry and Crystal Trevino in a faith-based home situated in Grand Prairie, Texas. Surrounded by a loving family, she is the youngest of four siblings, according to a defense fund organized by her parents. Her parents say, “Before meeting this tragic circumstance, she was outgoing and involved with many activities such as her church worship team, select fastpitch softball, and had recently made the drill team at her high school. Everyone who had met our daughter could feel the impact of her loving and caring personality. She loves hard and feels deeply.”
What really happened that embroiled her in a sex trafficking scandal? “Her life drastically changed when she was introduced to drugs by an abusive boyfriend,” Henry and Crystal said. “Her life spiraled fast, she began to change mentally and physically and ran away often. In May 2019, she met an adult who began grooming her for sex trafficking through coercion by using physical threats, threats of death against her family and drugs.”
“Zephi had been forced, a number of times, to participate in sexual acts with adults by her trafficker. Ultimately, this cycle of abuse ended with her trafficker killing a man that Zephi was being forced to perform sexual acts with. She has been in the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice facility since last fall awaiting trial even though the District Attorney’s office was made aware that Zephi was forced to perform sexual acts on adults due to threats of harm by her trafficker if she tried to leave him. The public defender assigned to Zephi’s case is pushing her to take a plea deal with a long sentence rather than defending her at trial. However, our daughter maintains her innocence.”
Kim Kardashian supported the 16-year-old, shared a tweet and told her fans: “Please sign this petition to show support for the innocence of Zephaniah Trevino.”
No sooner did she post it, a flurry of Twitter users joined to support her. One Twitter user even said he knew her. “This hits close to home. I knew Zephy when she was a kid through softball. Her parents were my coaches at one point. Praying for the entire Trevino family #JusticeforZephaniahTrevino,” the tweet read. Another said, “I used to work with this little girl’s sister at Grand Prairie HS. Sex trafficking is real and she deserves to be protected! A 16 year old junior!!! Please sign! #JusticeforZephaniahTrevino.”
However, one Twitter user alleged that it is fake news. “Anyone that knows her knows she wasn’t trafficked she was doing drugs long before her bf, she set up some dudes to get robbed hence the aggravated robbery charge she was whoring her self out for drugs. #JusticeforZephaniahTrevino is fake news.”
Anyone that knows her knows she wasn’t trafficked she was doing drugs long before her bf, she set up some dudes to get robbed hence the aggravated robbery charge she was whoring her self out for drugs ????? #JusticeforZephaniahTrevino is fake news https://t.co/u4q0MVf3Ff
— cops just be like oink (@peachblossombb) July 31, 2020
A Facebook post detailed the entire case. “16-year-old Zephaniah Trevino is currently being charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery in #Texas. Her life drastically changed when she was introduced her to drugs by an abusive boyfriend,” it read
To seek justice for Trevino, her parents set up a charity defense fund and you can contribute there. With almost 2,303 backers, $64,316 has been raised out of its $100,000 goal.
In the letter for their daughter, Henry and Crystal also said, “We are having to gather funds to pay for a legal defense to fight on our daughter’s behalf. She has been victimized by sex trafficking and is now being charged for a crime that she did not commit. The person who committed the crime is the same person who was victimizing our daughter with physical threats. Please consider helping us raise a legal defense that will fight for her life.”
With the mixed response on social media whether the case is true or false, it is difficult to decipher what really happened. MEA World Wide (MEAWW) cannot independently verify the claims being made on the Internet. We have reached out to her parents for a comment and are waiting for a response.