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On Wednesday evening, as dozens of Black and Latinx teen girls remained missing in Washington, D.C., 93.9 WKYS’ The Fam In The Morning gathered with residents and community leaders to discuss “the epidemic.”  Mayor Muriel Bowser and officials form the Metropolitan Police Department were also in attendance.

“You can tell by the packed room that this is something a lot of people care about,” Ward 8 D.C. Councilmember Trayon White said. “Over the past couple of years, I’ve been seeing a lot of the postings, hearing from a lot of family members, going to a lot of prayer vigils .There’s been an epidemic of missing persons in the Washington D.C. area.”

As of Thursday, over a dozen District teenagers, ranging in age from 14 to 18—all Black or Hispanic—are missing, NewsOne wrote recently.

“For far too long we didn’t have a clear understanding of what was happening,” White continued. “We didn’t know if this young person was missing . . . Was it sex trafficking? What’s really going on?”

Attendees at Wednesday’s town hall meeting pushed for answers the questions and more.

“This is phase one to doing something. We’re starting here today. We’re starting the conversation, not just about the problem, but we’re trying to find solutions.”

Watch the Facebook Live stream above.


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