BEAVERTON, Ore. -- It has been a little more than a year since Kim Staats took full custody of her niece, Adrian Brown. The now 16-year-old girl came from a troubled past and it appears she has not been able to escape it.
Brown ran away from her aunt’s Beaverton home in late February and she has not been seen since.
“I try not to think about it because she is so naïve and innocent,” said Staats.
Staats thinks her niece is involved in human trafficking. It is difficult to think otherwise after seeing letters the girl wrote to an older man who, by all indications, is her pimp.
“She may be OK right now, in her mind, and she may think she can handle the situation,” said Staats. “I just hope she’ll listen to reason and realize this can be really bad.”
For example, a 19-year-old Lake Oswego woman was indicted last month on federal charges for sex trafficking a teen girl who went to her former high school. About a week later, a car chase and crash led to the arrests of two people suspected of trafficking another teen girl.
“I think this has been going on for hundreds of years,” said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. “Lately there’s been an emphasis on it and exposure to it.”
Washington County detectives are investigating the Adrian Brown case. Evidence suggests she has fallen into the wrong hands. They and her family desperately want to bring her home.
“I feel like I’m at a dead end and I just want her to come home and be safe,” said Staats.
You are urged to call police if you know anything about Adrian Brown’s whereabouts.