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Ten missing black and latinx teens have gone missing between March 8 and 11, 2017. These tragic incidents have happened in Washington DC. No one knows anything about the missing teens. Many controversies have been creating up because no one is doing anything about the cases.

The police department is just calling them ‘run away’ cases. Isn’t it very suspicious with the amount of kids going missing within a couple of days. Some say it’s more suspicious due to the race of the teens. 13 year old Taylor Innis has been found safe. Unfortunately there are still no updates about the rest of the teens.

The lack of recognition for these black/latinx teens has been noticed. The only things we know about these cases are the tweets from the police department and other news sites such as www.vibe.com and www.huffingtonpost.com. There were eight missing girls along with the teens, because of the lack of recognition many have linked this to ‘missing white woman syndrome’. This is a term used by social scientists and the media referring to the excessive media coverage for missing white woman who are pretty, white and have upper or middle class background such as Elizabeth Smart.

It is very likely that you haven’t heard of these missing teens or seen their faces. The only people who really know about these cases are the neighbors of the teens and the local news station in the area that they have gone missing. Without news coverage it is less likely for anybody to rescue these teens. Taylor Innis has been found but questions are still rising. ‘Where are the other teens, and why would anyone take them?’

There are also many reasons why they could have been abducted. Sex trafficking has become a huge issue in the world but not many notice. Hillcrest High school has a club called ‘ The backyard broadcast,’ that shows awareness for sex trafficking in the world.

Do we need recognition for these missing colored teens? “I think we stay needing it. If these were 34 white girls, there would be amber alerts but there isn’t. They’re categorized as runaways or troubled teens” Alexandra Flores continued. “ No one but their family is really looking.”

This issue has gained the attention from the DC police department. They tweeted,  “We try to send out tweets when they’re found. In fact, we’re going to start a new twitter handle exclusively for missing people.”

The police department is also trying to help gain recognition for all the missing teens. They will not put it aside.

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