Parents fear teen runaway sold into sex slavery
CRESWELL, Ore. - Bedria Williams ran away from her home in Creswell on January 11, and her parents said they fear the 15-year-old has been sold into sex slavery.
"It's terrifying to see the sex trafficking that's goes on," said Bedria's mother Kim Williams on Thursday morning at her home in Creswell. "We have it here in Eugene, and Albany, and Salem, and to hear the stuff that happens in Sacramento--that's our biggest fear, that that's what's happing to her, and she can't get home."
The Lane County Sheriff's Office said Bedria Williams is listed as a runaway and that a detective has been assigned to the case.
Kim Williams said she believes her daughter took a bus to Portland and was later picked up by someone who may have taken her to Sacramento, California.
"But she apparently ran out of money once she got to Portland and met up with an ex con, and he had offered to have sex with her for money," said Williams. "It just makes me shudder to think."
Bedria Williams, a freshman on the cross-country team at Creswell High School, was adopted from Ethiopia when she was 9 years old. She is 5-foot-2 and 124 pounds with brown eyes. She has a mole above the right side of her upper lip.
"Bedria, if you're listening, please contact somebody and come home," said Williams as tears streamed down her face. "You've left a huge hole in our hearts. We love you very, very much."
Pat Williams, Bedria's father, has traveled to Sacramento, where he is organizing a search party to hand out flyers. In addition, the family has started a Facebook page to help get the word out.
If you have seen her or know about her whereabouts, the Lane County Sheriff's Office is asking that you call them: (541) 682-4150. The Sacramento Sheriff's Office has also opened a runaway case on Bedria Williams: (916) 808-0650.
People in Sacramento that would like to help search for Bedria are asked to meet at the Riverlake Village Shopping Center at 7600 Greenhaven Dr. at 9 a.m. on Friday.
The 8 hour search will be followed by a candlelight vigil at the shopping center, honoring Bedria in the hopes she return home safely.
This is a developing story. Watch KVAL News and KVAL.com February 7 for updates