I read Gregg MacDonald’s article about the girl from Chantilly that was sent to Siberia by her mother and stepfather (Fairfax County Times, Nov. 15-17, “Chantilly teen desperate to return from Siberia”). I am a 17-year-old student attending Centreville High School and my heart truly goes out to this girl. I would like to see this story in the metropolitan and eventually national news, not only because it is an interesting piece but also because this girl really needs help. I can’t imagine being in the same situation as her, coming from Fairfax County to being on my own in a hostile and foreign country. The deception involved in sending her to a father that she never knew is an act of gross negligence on the mother’s part, considering that she herself hadn’t seen the father in years and had no way of knowing his competence as a caretaker. Sofia’s bravery in leaving her father’s abusive home is astounding, but now she is even more alone.
There is also an organization that I participate in that works to end human trafficking worldwide, and I fear that Sofia is a prime target for people involved in this business. She is young, pretty, and on her own, and not many people would notice if she disappeared. Thank you for exposing the injustice of her situation, and please let me know if there is any way I can help her situation, or in bringing this story to the nation’s attention.
Sophia Lee, Centreville