One or One Thousand

August 19, 2011

Yolanda Agostini

On May 1, 2011, a 12 year old Bronx fifth-grader told the Daily News of her nightmare ordeal the previous September (2010) when she was kidnapped, held hostage, and prostituted over a period of nearly a week. She managed to escape after contacting her family as her abusers slept in another room. When interviewed by the Daily News, the young girl told reporters she wanted her abusers to experience all they had put her through. She has been undergoing therapy to help her cope with both her abuse and the subsequent press attention it has garnered. In most cases when a child is exploited in this manner, they are murdered to protect the guilty.

In this case, Dawud McKelvin, 30, initially struck up a conversation with the young girl as she sat outside on the steps of her family home. He has now been charged with rape and is being held on $500,000 bail. McKelvin’s cousin, Lee McKelvin, 38, was also charged. Others involved are expected to be arrested in last September’s violence.

Another such case — which depicts the ever increasing epidemic of the sex trafficking of children on a global level — is that of a young runaway befriended at a bus terminal in New York City. Befriended and offered a safe place to stay, she was beaten, forced into drug use, and pimped out by her “friend” who was operating an online prostitution ring specializing in “younger” escorts and “fresh flesh”. One of these clients was former New York Giants Lawrence Taylor, who claimed he had no idea the prostitute he hired was a minor and a runaway. Taylor, a repeat felon, was given probation. The pimp was prosecuted and handed an extensive prison sentence.

Since that time, the girl has been living with her grandmother, Yolanda Agostini. The young girl is again missing. Many fear this may be related to the impending trial of those charged with her kidnapping and rape last September. She was last seen leaving her apartment at 7:00 am, Wednesday morning, August 18, 2011. 

Less than 24 hours after she vanished, the young girl was found safe and returned home.

In 2010, the NYPD reported 7,000 cases of missing children, all but 100 involved runaways. The Department solved 6,300 of these cases within 90 days.

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