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Mom Claims She Found Missing Teen’s Photos Posted On Sex Trafficking Websites
Aviana Weaver's mother, Angelica Scarlett, says she received a cryptic text message one week ago from her daughter informing her that she was being held against her will.
A New Jersey mother desperately searching for her teenage daughter for over a week fears her loved one has been forced into sex trafficking.
"We have pornography pictures and my daughter looked completely upset and unhappy in these photos,” the girl’s mother, Angelica Scarlett, said during an interview with radio station New Jersey 101.5.
She added that New Jersey and Pennsylvania authorities “believe she is in danger, being held against her will.”
Aviana Weaver, 17, was reported missing on Sept. 13 in Mount Holly, New Jersey, according to a statement released by Westampton Township Police Chief Stephen Ent.
The Rancocas Valley Regional High School student was last seen clad in black jeans, a nude colored tank top, and leopard slides, according to the police chief's statement.
The concerned mother said she believes her daughter is in extreme distress from her facial expressions in the nude photos.
“She's 17 and she looks upset," Scarlett said in the interview with NJ 101.5.
On Saturday, the mother said she had received an inkling of hope that her daughter was still alive.
Scarlett alleged that day she received a text message from an anonymous number claiming be her daughter, saying that she was being held against her will, according to the NBC Philadelphia station News 10. Scarlett's daughter’s phone has apparently been deactivated.
Westampton Township Police appear to confirm that the mother and daughter did connect with each other that weekend.
Chief Ent wrote in the release, that Aviana “was last heard from speaking to her mother via cell phone.”
Oxygen.com's attempts to reach Scarlett and the Westampton Township Police Department were not immediately returned.
On Thursday, Scarlett tagged along with Philadelphia Police officer on bicycles near Broad and Erie to circulate missing fliers acting off a tip Aviana was seen there.
However there appeared to be no sign of Aviana.
Scarlett worries she may have arrived one day too late.
“People think they saw her in the area on Wednesday,” Scarlett told NJ 101.5. “We were there until 1 a.m. [on Thursday], but no luck.”
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Aviana is described as a biracial girl who stands 5' 4" and weighs around 180 to 200 pounds.