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Does False Kidnapping Take Away Urgency For Real Lost Girls?

Recently in the Bronx, New York 16-year-old Karol Sanchez staged her own kidnapping. The video of the incident has been released to the public. The video shows Sanchez walking with her mother on Monday night when suddenly several men jumped out of a four-door sedan pushing her mother to the ground and grabbing her. The family of the “victim” issued out an Amber Alert and she later returned to her family unharmed.

It had been reported by CBS New York that “At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sanchez suddenly showed back up at the scene and turned herself into police as stunned people on the street watched.” While she was with police, she confessed that the kidnapping that had taken place the day before was staged in an attempt to “get away from her strict mom,” according to New York Daily News. 

The thing that’s most confusing to me in this situation is why she felt the need to stage her own kidnapping, especially at a time like this where there are reportedly more than 64,000 Black women and girls that are missing in America. Kidnappings and sex trafficking have been at an all-time high in recent months with more and more women turning up missing every day and she still decided that she would go through with such a careless plan. All the focus that was being put on her in an attempt to find her could have easily been put on a woman who has actually been kidnapped.

“That’s so disrespectful towards the people that are actually missing,” says Brooks College Prep senior Tatiana Sykes. “Imagine how their parents are feeling.”

Lloyd Maxwell, also a senior at Brooks, feels that maybe there was a larger issue that contributed to her staging the kidnapping. “I think that the whole situation is unfortunate,” said Maxwell. “The girl should get some help because I feel like there is abuse in her household which is why she did what she did.”

As it stands, it’s currently unknown whether Sanchez or her “kidnappers” will be charged for their careless actions but they definitely should be. This isn’t something that should be overlooked and all parties involved deserve whatever punishment they get.


By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep

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Written by Cierra Lemott

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