A Houston heartbroken family is mourning the loss of their 15-year-old daughter who took her own life after being a victim of sex trafficking.
Letty Serrano appeared to be a typical high school student with a loving family until she was drugged and sold to sex traffickers at just 13 years old, ABC7 News reported.
“She was a great girl,” Letty’s grandmother Cynthia Rivera said. “She was a good student and she loved her puppies.”
However, when Letty was finally reunited with her family, she was never the same again.
Early on early Saturday morning, Oct. 12, Letty locked herself in the bathroom and took her own life. Her family believes it was because she was a victim of sex trafficking, according to Fox 26.
Letty’s father Mariano Serrano was devastated by her death and said he felt he had let her down. He said, “She died in my arms.”
“We got her back damaged, I feel like I let her down,” Rivera said.
Now, the family is raising money on Facebook for Letty’s funeral expenses.
They also want people to know how prevalent sex trafficking is in Houston, and how to help fight it.
“It’s a very familiar story, unfortunately,” Micah Gamboa, executive director of Elijah Rising, said.
Gamboa also said there are thousands of trafficking victims in Houston and over 300,000 in Texas.
The nonprofit said suicide is common among sex-trafficking victims because their traffickers are rarely ever caught.
If you or someone you may know is having suicidal thoughts, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you or someone you may know is a victim of sex trafficking, call the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.