A Houston father went on a mission to save his daughter after learning that she had been lured into the sex trade by online traffickers. John Clark says his daughter disappeared after being preyed upon through the social media app Snapchat.
“There was trouble lurking out there,” Clark told Houston’s KHOU 11. “We had no idea how bad it is.” Clark, who works as an energy executive, admitted he had reservations in sharing the story because his daughter is humiliated and severely traumatized.
According to Clark, his 16-year-old daughter was contacted through Snapchat by a 20-year-old. The two later met at a party, and then his daughter disappeared. Clark then took a page out of Liam Neeson’s book and used his own resources to help track his daughter and return her safely home.
“And it’s nothing against the police,” said Clark. “It’s just they’re not set up to do that, they’re set up to slowly, methodically build an airtight case, and in the time it would’ve taken to build an airtight case, I would’ve lost my daughter.”
Once his daughter returned home, Clark enrolled her in a residential therapy program. Clark has also started an online petition aimed at strengthening anti-human trafficking laws.
“In the petition I’ve written, I’ve given specifics on criminals who’ve been pursued, arrested, prosecuted, and convicted,” said Clark. “And get nothing.”
When it comes to his daughter’s alleged captor, court records indicate that he pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution of a minor.
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