Corinna Slusser remains missing more than a year after she was last seen. Her mother believes Slusser is being held against her will.
The mother of a missing Pennsylvania college student who is an alleged victim of trafficking in women, said she does hope her daughter is still being kept alive, against her will, adding that the 20-year-old “not the street knowledge to survive.”
Sabina Tuorto told the Daily Mail Tuesday she can’t celebrate Christmas this year knowing that her daughter Corinna Slusser, is still missing more than a year after she disappeared. Slusser, who authorities believe is a victim of trafficking in women, last seen leaving a New York City motel in September 2017.
“Corinna is all I think about,” she said. “I can never feel happy. It takes every bit of my energy just every day.”
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Slusser, then 19, moved to New York City after a meeting with her alleged pimp in March 2017, her family said at the time. She called the man her “daddy” and still in contact with her family until the beginning of September, when she was last seen and heard.
Tuorto said that she believes that her daughter is talking to “bad people” on the social media and eventually lured to the city hundreds of kilometres from her home.
“Everything went downhill so fast. Corinna made enemies. She stopped talking to her friends. They would be the pictures of her on Snapchat smoking and guns,” the mother recalled. “…They do not like living in a small town. I think they walk away from that life. I would never suspect of prostitution, that it is just not my thoughts.”
Tuorto added that she believes that her daughter is being held against her will, and though she’s a “smart girl,” the 20-year-old is not street smart.
“I know that if she was capable she would have called me,” Tuorto told the Daily Mail. “She is controlled. I don’t know what they have done to her, or she’s on drugs or mentally unstable or whatever. But I know that they don’t.”
“She’s a smart girl, but she’s from a small town. They don’t have the street knowledge to survive there,” she said.
Corinna Slusser, last seen in September 2017.
If the search for Slusser continues, the authorities of some breakthrough in the case last month when they arrested Ishi Woney, 23, who was charged with the trafficking and sexual exploitation of young women, including Slusser.
“Woney engaged in a despicable form of exploitation, violence and other coercion to compel young women to engage in paid sex for his enrichment,” the Prosecutor of the V. S. Geoffrey S. Berman said in a press release at the time.
Woney allegedly exchanged more than 800 text messages with Slusser between Sept. The 10 and the 20, but the duo had a quarrel after the other woman became jealous of their relationship.
Slusser has allegedly lodged a complaint against a 32-year-old man, probably her pimp, about a month before she was last seen. She claimed the man grabbed her neck and pushed her against the wall when they demanded he hand over $300 was reportedly stolen from her. NYPD sources indicated to Fox News at the time that the identification of Corrina Slusser if the attack victim was correct.
Slusser was described as being about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. She has a clear tattoo on her chest — a large black flower. Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or tips.fbi.gov.