CrimeStoppers Honolulu: Missing runaway may be in danger

CrimeStoppers and Honolulu police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen who is considered to be in danger.

Jessica Rothstein, 16, who was reported missing in February 2017, is considered to be in danger. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

CrimeStoppers and Honolulu police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen who is considered to be in danger.

Jessica Rothstein, 16, was last seen on the outskirts of Waikiki and reported as a juvenile runaway in February 2017.

CrimeStoppers Honolulu Coordinator Sgt. Chris Kim said Rothstein’s case is being highlighted because the Missing Child Center Hawaii has reason to believe her safety is in jeopardy. Further details were not available for confidentiality reasons.

CrimeStoppers’ bulletin on Rothstein is the result of a new partnership between CrimeStoppers and the Missing Child Center, a unit within the state Attorney General’s Office. The two organizations are collaborating to reunite missing children with their families and prevent those children from falling into the sex trafficking trade.

Kim said CrimeStoppers and the Missing Child Center plan to highlight additional at-risk and missing children.

More information on Missing Child Center Hawaii and the state’s missing-children database can be found here.

Anyone with information on Rothstein’s whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or send anonymous tips through the CrimeStoppers website or via the P3 Tips app.

HONOLULU (KHON2) – CrimeStoppers and the Missing Child Center of Hawaii are joining forces to help find teens who are considered "endangered" or "high risk."

The goal is to reunite runaways with their families to prevent them from getting involved in even more dangerous situations.

There are more than 50 entries listed in the state's missing children database. Twenty kids were reported missing since the beginning of the year.

Jessica Rothstein was 15 years old when she was reported missing on Feb. 28, 2017. The center is worried that Rothstein, now 17 years old, is endangered, and part of a very dangerous situation.

"Typically, we have reason to believe they hang out with friends or if they meet up with strangers and strangers pretend to be their friends and take them under their wing," said Sgt. Chris Kim of CrimeStoppers. "At that point, unfortunately, these kids start getting groomed into entering the sex trafficking trade."


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