17 Y/O Girl Abducted by Sex Traffickers Rescued After She 'Prayed and Prayed' Family Would Find Her

( [email protected] ) Feb 20, 2017 11:54 AM EST
A 17-year-old Utah girl abducted by sex traffickers in Las Vegas has been rescued after she "prayed and prayed" her family would find her.
Amie and Sarah Dunsey Annie Dunsey

A 17-year-old Utah girl abducted by sex traffickers in Las Vegas has been rescued after she "prayed and prayed" her family would find her.

Sarah Dunsey from Logan, Utah, was found in Venice, California, on Friday after she disappeared over a month earlier. At the time of her disappearance, the teen was on a trip with her friends in Las Vegas, where she was believed to have been kidnapped into sex slavery.

Sarah's mother Amie, who made an emotional plea for her return in a video campaign that went viral, took to Facebook to celebrate the news of her daughter's safe return.

Annie revealed that Sarah told her family: "I prayed and prayed that you would come, and you came".

She wrote: "We found our Sarah Bearah!!! Thank you all for sharing, getting Sarah's face out there, and helping us to find her. Thank you to the people that sent us the tips that found her."

Annie added, "We are tied to each other in more ways than we think. I felt everyones prayers and energy sent to our family and Sarah. We all want the same thing for our children. To be safe and feel loved. We are tied by a universal need and desire for our children to not be hurt. Thank you for helping my baby girl come home."

According to the MailOnline, Sarah was reunited with her family at a hospital in California over the weekend. Currently, two men believed to be responsible for the abduction are being questioned by the FBI.

According to staggering statistic announced on NBC's "Today" show, every 30 seconds someone falls victim to sex trafficking, and UNICEF reports that more than a million children are trafficked each year.

Last month, a total of 55 human trafficking victims, including 28 children, were rescued in a series of raids led by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force across California.

As reported, 474 people were arrested; 142 men were charged with solicitation, while 36 men were held on suspicion of pimping. The children were turned over to the care of various agencies and were being helped by two organizations, Saving Innocence and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell explained that over 70 percent of child trafficking victims are often under the care of foster homes. Because the children are hungry for affection and love, they are easily swayed by pimps, who lure them into a trap by tricking them into believing that they will give them what they are looking for.

"They're looking for love. They're looking for someone that cares about them. The pimp says that they're going to give them this, then leads them down a path of destruction," McDonnell said.

Speaking to the victims of human trafficking, McDonnell said, "You are worthy of more. And we will work tirelessly with our partners ... to provide you services and help you rebuild your life."

Tags : Sex Trafficking, Human Slavery, sex slave, prayer, rescue