A 12-year-old girl from Texas who had been missing has been discovered alive. It was also discovered that the girl was allegedly a victim of human trafficking.
The girl, a San Antonio resident, was reportedly listening to music near her home on June 20 when she went missing, according to KENS.
Law enforcement was notified of the girl's disappearance within an hour of it happening, but officials did not have any indication of where the girl was until her family received a text message during the week of July 17.
Her grandfather discussed the message:
"She took a picture of herself. She was beaten and texted my son saying, 'I want to come home. They won't let me, but I want to come home.'"
The girl was eventually tracked down by authorities to a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. She was with 36-year-old Tavarie Anthony Williams, who was arrested and now faces two counts of trafficking for a commercial sex act, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Williams reportedly met the girl in San Antonio, according to authorities. He offered to give the girl a ride home but instead drove her to Tennessee where he held her against her will and forced into prostitution.
"Her mother may have had a role in all this, but it's still too soon to say," said Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Keith, reports KENS.
The girl is believed to have been prostituted, beaten, and starved during her time with Williams. Her grandfather said that she was a size 13 when she disappeared; now she is a size 6.
The girl is currently in foster care and in therapy, but she is in constant communication with her grandfather.