Missing 4-Year-Old Rescued During Human Trafficking Raid in Texas
Young child reunited with her father after mother arrested
A four-year-old girl, who has been missing for over three weeks, has been rescued from a human trafficking ring during an FBI raid and reunited with her father.
Aubriana Recinos was found alive in Texas nearly 1200 miles from her home.
The young child, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, was found inside a property in Lewisville, Texas that was raided by FBI investigators on Friday as part of a human trafficking sting operation.
The toddler and her mother, Carmen Lowe, were last seen in Fayetteville on July 8.
Grave concerns were mounting for Recinos after authorities heard that Lowe had fled across state lines with her daughter - a direct violation of a court-ordered child custody agreement.
The FBI tracked Lowe's cell phone and credit card records and she was arrested in Louisiana on Thursday without her daughter.
According to the Daily Mail, police now believe she handed off her child to a human trafficking pimp.
Speaking with CBS 17, Fayetteville police officer Robert Ramirez stated:
"The child was pretty much given to a pimp, an associate of a pimp or family of the pimp for keeping.
"The individuals involved are not cooperating."
It's believed other trafficked children were also found inside the Texas home.
Authorities now suspect Lowe traveled to New Jersey and Texas, where she handed over her daughter to the pimp before she traveled on alone to Louisiana.
As of Friday, Lowe - whose Facebook profile lists her as a former Hooters waitress- was charged with prostitution, theft under $1,000, and having an out-of-state warrant.
She is being held in a Louisiana jail.
Meanwhile, little Recinos has been reunited with her overjoyed father.
Dad Mario says he feared he may never see his daughter again.
The duo was seen hugging on CBS17, with Mario telling the news network:
"Prayers have been answered completely, beyond answered."