Houston sex trafficking teen victim, Leticia ‘Letty’ Serrano commits suicide two years after being rescued. Was damaged goods according to family as teen struggled to overcome trauma and addiction.
The torment and psychological abuse always lives on.
Leticia ‘Letty’ Serrano took her own life Saturday two years after her ordeal, KTRK reports.
‘I feel like I let her down,’ her grandmother Cynthia Rivera told the news outlet.
Letty’s father, Mariano Serrano said he ‘desperately’ tried to reach his dying daughter, Leticia, when she locked herself in the bathroom Saturday morning, KRIV reports.
‘She died in my arms,’ the grief stricken father told the media outlet.
The father said that his daughter had been distraught about not being with her abductor- who bore a kind of Stockholm syndrome affinity for her abuser, a common trait amongst psychologically abused victims.
‘She wanted to be with him,’ Mariano told KRIV. ‘But, she also didn’t want to hurt her family.’
Serrano was only 13 years old when she was drugged and sold to sex traffickers. She was later found at Moody Park, but her family said she was never the same.
‘We got her back damaged,’ Letty’s grandmother said.
‘When we got her back she was already broken and addicted at that point. The road to recovery was and is one of the hardest things for any child to overcome,’ Rivera added.
Her family is speaking out to raise awareness about the prevalence of sex trafficking.
‘Entire cities are becoming red light districts.
‘Sex trafficking claims another life through suicide!!!’ her grandmother wrote on a Facebook page
‘We as a community and the system failed this young lady and her family once. Let’s not do it again,’ her grandmother added. ‘I ask you help us and that her death does not go in vain. No news media, no elected officials to speak for her and most of all NO JUSTICE !!!!’
‘We as a community and the system failed this young lady.’
‘It’s a very familiar story, unfortunately,’ Micah Gamboa, executive director of Elijah Rising told KTRK.
She says there are thousands of trafficking victims in Houston, and over 300,000 in Texas.
‘Entire cities are becoming red light districts. It’s no longer just a centralized or isolated issue. It’s actually spreading across the nation,’ Gamboa added.
The non-profit says suicide is common among sex trafficking victims because their traffickers are rarely ever caught.
Letty’s abductor has yet to be brought to justice as the man remains free.