As tireless investigators continue their search for missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, residents back in her hometown fear she was abducted by sex traffickers!
The tiny town of Brooklyn is abuzz over the possibility that the 20-year-old was snatched by a heartless fiend who came off the local interstate and then jumped back on to escape without a trace, RadarOnline has exclusively learned.
"Because we're so close to Interstate 80 – we're three miles away – if somebody got off and happened to be driving through town, saw her and picked her up, it would be hours before people would have noticed she was missing," Ronald Arends, a retired Lutheran pastor who lives half a block from Mollie's family home in Brooklyn, exclusively tells Radar.
Special Agent Richard Rahn of Iowa's Department of Public Safety declined to comment when asked by Radar whether dozens of investigators looking for Mollie believe she was dragged off by sex traffickers.
Mollie's nerve-racked family members, however, have come forward to say they believe Mollie – who disappeared after she left her boyfriend's home in Brooklyn for an early evening jog on July 18 – is still alive and with somebody she knows.
Her father has said that he believes Mollie's abductor is now "in over their head." "That there was some kind of misunderstanding about the nature of their relationship and at this point they don't know how to get out from under this," Robert Tibbett said.
"Listening to what Mollie's parents are saying, that this is probably somebody she knows, this would be very typical of a pimp or a trafficker to lure someone emotionally," Taina Bien Aime, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, exclusively tells RadarOnline.
Mollie, a second-year psychology major who worked at a child daycare center, was in a long-term relationship at the time of her disappearance and didn't seem like the typical sex trafficking victim, according to Bien Aime.
Typically, child sex trafficking victims are more vulnerable, says Bien Aime, and are represented by single moms, survivors of child sexual abuse and women and girls who have been homeless and living with little family support system.
However, sinister sex traffickers can still target the most unsuspecting victims.
"Traffickers and pimps are very adept at coercing and using very fraudulent ways to bring a young woman into their web," says Bien Aime.
"So, if indeed Mollie knows the person and went "willing" with that person and is still not found and hasn't given any indication of where she is, or whether she's alive, the residents of Brooklyn do have the nose for the possibility of her either been sex trafficked or disappeared within the sex trade."
Arends says he fears the only reason he believes Molly would have been plucked away would have been for sale as a sex slave.
The retired Lutheran pastor passed along a message to Radar for Mollie's abductor: "Come forward and don't wait for the authorities to catch up to you!"
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