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Family claims girl was held against her will in Buffalo for weeks

Buffalo police are investigating claims that a young girl who ran away from a Rochester youth social-services agency in January was held against her will for seven weeks, shot up with heroin, given cocaine and forced into prostitution by a woman believed to be on parole.

The runaway girl’s mother told police that she managed, through Facebook, to trace her daughter’s location to a residence on Strauss Street in Buffalo, police reported Friday. The mother coaxed her daughter to meet her at Fillmore Avenue and Sycamore Street, where the daughter told her about being held against her will.

The daughter was taken to Women & Children’s Hospital for treatment, before Buffalo police took her to the Gateway Longview facility in Amherst on an active PINS (Person in Need of Supervision) warrant.

Sex Offense Squad detectives and Ferry-Fillmore District officers continue to investigate the alleged incident and look for the juvenile’s captor.