Ran away with stranger... checks in with folks...the St. John's University freshman hasn't been heard from since Jan. 20th, She was last seen when a cousin dropped her off close to her dorm on Union Turnpike after she returned from a trip to North Carolina. But she reportedly never claimed her luggage and hasn't tried to contact her family. Her father said she usually calls home three or four times a day.
SHE'S BaaaaaaCK! (Update)
This reminds me of the Suzanne Lyall case (the ATM card part): Police seek two who used missing woman's debit card
Erica's bank card was used Jan. 21st at a Midtown automated-teller machine about 12:45 p.m., according to NYPD reports. Surveillance footage shows an unidentified black man and an unidentified Indian woman at the machine. Desai's sister, Seena, told The New York Post that the woman in the picture "definitely is not Erica."
Erica is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 120 pounds. She was wearing a blue blazer, green jumpsuit and black shoes when she disappeared.
At right there's a photo from her Facebook page. Erica was last seen about 10:35 p.m. EST Jan. 20 in the area of Union Turnpike and Utopia Parkway in Queens. The NYPD is asking for the public's help in finding her.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or text tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.
Human trafficking is the modern-day equivalent of slavery - I wonder if people who have vanished, people like Suzanne Lyall and perhaps Erica Desai may still be alive, enslaved right here in North America?
If you would like to learn more about human trafficking, I have a snapshot here. I've also posted info regarding Human Trafficking in New York State and another article where you can read all about how a wealthy Long Island family was caught keeping slaves... this kind of thing happens. I wonder too just how many of all the "missing persons" in the United States have been hauled off in modern-day "slave ships" bound for distant lands.