Mobile woman's family says she was lured to Asia by possible sex traffickers

(image: WPMI) Mobile woman possibly lured to Asia by sex traffickers



ORIGINAL STORY: A local family is fighting to save their daughter from what they believe might be an international sex trafficking ring.

Loved ones told NBC 15 News that they believe 21-year-old Whitney Harris was brainwashed by a man she met on social media and exchanged messages with for two years.

On Monday, Harris left their home in Mobile in the middle of the night and boarded a one-way flight to India.

Harris’ family filed a missing persons report with police. They tell us they have also been in touch with the FBI, Congressman Bradley Byrne, and human trafficking agencies.

Close family friends told us that they are worried she has been manipulated by a man who could be involved in a sex trafficking ring. Although NBC 15 News could not find any evidence to support these claims.

Tomorrow, the family will take off on a flight to India in hopes of getting Whitney back.

Detectives and human trafficking experts say sex trafficking is a tragedy targeting our Gulf Coast region, posing a major safety risk to our children.

We spoke to local detectives and human trafficking experts about the warning signs to look out for with your children and what you can do to protect loved ones.

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