Mother on a mission: Traffic stop info helps mother rescue daughter
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A traffic stop in Marana leads to something much more sinister. A web of sex, drugs and an underage runaway girl in a westside home.
"I was unsure if my daughter is alive or dead," said "Christine".
A routine traffic stop by Marana police led to pivotal information.
"She was basically being held in an area near Prince and Romero being used for prostitution and being supplied drugs," said Ofc. Scott Bennett.
But no one knew exactly where Christine's daughter was. The only clues, a house number 4044 and a red Ford Expedition.
"I was my daughters only way of coming home without being involved in something dangerous or a body bag, nobody else was going to look for her," said Christine.
She set out, looking for a needle in a haystack. Until out of nowhere, she spots 4044 and a red Expedition and walked right into a house, not knowing what she'd find.
"You dont have fear when it comes to your kid," said Christine.
Her kid was inside. What she was doing there hard to hear.
"She was supporting a 22 year old man," said Christine.
Supporting them with sex. She's just 16.
"They did manipulate me and use me for a lot of things," said "Michelle".
Michelle exclusively tells 9OYS she saw 8 men a day, for at least 3 weeks.
"So many guys will screw you over pull a gun out and won't even pay you after you've done everything you've asked them to do," said Michelle.
And she says, she's not alone. She's seen other girls go through the same thing on Tucson streets.
"They're actually being forced to do things for long periods of time," said Michelle. "They have someone owning them."
It's stories like that that bring Michelle's mother to tears. But now she's just happy, her daughter made it home.
As far as the investigation goes, no arrests have been made. But the FBI is now involved.
There is a long road to recovery for this girl including rehab and counseling. For more information on forced prostitution and child sex trafficking, click here.