Police have no leads in the disappearance of a Pennsylvania college student nearly two months ago, but they fear that Corinna Slusser, 19, may be a victim of sex trafficking.
The young woman was reported missing on Sep. 20, when she was last seen leaving Haven Motel in Rego Park, Queens, in the early morning, police said Monday.
Slusser reportedly filed a complaint against a 32-year-old man, possibly her pimp, about a month before she was last seen.
In the complaint, she stated that the man grabbed her neck and pushed her against the wall when she demanded he hand over $300 that was allegedly stolen from her. NYPD sources verified her identification as the assault victim to Fox News.
Slusser’s Facebook page showed she was studying marketing at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Relatives initially reported her missing on Sep. 12 when she didn’t show up at her grandfather’s funeral in Florida, the New York Daily News reported. Her last post to her Instagram page was on Sep. 10 — a photo of herself with the location tag listed in the Bronx.
According to relatives, Slusser moved to New York City after meeting her alleged pimp in March. She called the man her “daddy” but kept in touch with her family until early September, the time at which she was last seen and heard.
“She’s so sweet and so naive. She didn’t know what she was getting herself into,” a family member told the newspaper. “She just needs to know that everybody wants her home. I can’t imagine what she’s gone through or what she’s going through. I just want her to have an out.”
Slusser’s social media followers have posted on her pages, telling her to “stay safe” as police try to locate her whereabouts.
“[S]tay safe! you have a lot of people that love you Corinna! i don’t know who you are but i am praying for you!” a woman commented on Instagram.
Another wrote: “Corina please be safe .xoxo I love you.” Slusser was described as being about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. She has a distinct tattoo on her chest–a large black flower.
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