I WANTED IT TO BE HER

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The search team huddled around the photograph of the homeless woman panhandling at Tropicana Avenue and Jones Boulevard.

 

The picture gave them hope.

 

They studied the woman’s leathery skin and straight blond hair. Her narrow-set eyes hugged the bridge of a small, sloping nose hung above a pair of thin lips.

 

They glanced back at the pictures of a grinning 21-year-old Jessie Foster just before she went missing eight years ago in Las Vegas, then gasped. A lot can change in that time, but those lips, that nose — could it really be her?

 

“Oh, my lord,” Mary Borchers said.

 

“Yeah, we got to go down there,” Shannon Forsythe said.

 

Borchers is an advocate for sex-trafficking victims and a friend of Jessie’s mother, Glendene Grant.

 

Foster’s story in the documentary “Trafficked No More,” which was broadcast last month on several Las Vegas television stations, had brought in new tips about Foster’s possible whereabouts. But Grant, who lives in Kamloops, British Columbia, couldn’t follow up on all of the tips.

So on Sunday, Borchers traveled to Las Vegas from Los Angeles with Forsythe and members of her sex-trafficking victims’ assistance nonprofit group, Run 2 Rescue, to resume the search into a question no one has been able to answer since 2006: What happened to Jessie?

 

They dispatched 15 volunteers to pass out fliers Monday morning. It was then — when two volunteers had handed a flier to the homeless woman — that the photo had been taken. The woman didn’t say she was Jessie, but she said the missing person on the flier looked familiar.

 

That didn’t matter to Forsythe, founder of Run 2 Rescue. If Foster is in fact a sex-trafficking victim, she could have been afraid to admit her identity.

 

“We need to cut the meeting short,” Forsythe said to the waiting volunteers at East Vegas Christian Center.

 

The homeless woman could still be near Tropicana and Jones, but Borchers and Forsythe knew their window was closing. It was almost 5 p.m. and getting dark.

 

They piled into a Ford Explorer with another woman from Run 2 Rescue and two men for protection, and sped toward Tropicana and Jones.

 

• • •

 

Jessie vanished in 2006 from North Las Vegas, like a drop of rain on the desert floor.

 

In May 2005, she had come from Kamloops to the Las Vegas Valley. A month later, Jessie moved in with her boyfriend, Peter Todd — a man Jessie’s parents, Dwight Foster and Grant, barely knew.

 

When Jessie went missing — she last spoke by phone with her mother on March 24, 2006, and was last seen by Todd on April 3, 2006 — Grant filed a report with North Las Vegas Police. After learning Jessie had been arrested in June 2005 and had an outstanding warrant for prostitution, Grant was certain their second-oldest daughter — a former honor roll student — was a victim of sex trafficking.

 

Police searched Todd’s home. They interviewed him twice. He said Jessie took her belongings and drove off. Authorities didn’t find anything suspicious, North Las Vegas Police Lt. Tim Bedwell said.

 

They tracked every lead they could, even tips from psychics, but all police ever found were animal bones in the desert. They even got two retired officers to search every recent missing-persons case for a link. They found nothing.

 

Grant and Foster insisted Todd was a pimp and blamed him for Jessie’s disappearance. With no evidence to indicate otherwise, police cleared Todd of wrongdoing.

 

Jessie’s case grew cold.

 

Nearly eight years later, Jessie’s case still haunts the department. Bedwell can still picture Jessie grinning without a care in the passenger seat of a car.

 

“We’ve conceded for a very long time that even though this is a missing-persons case, common sense says there’s been a crime committed and she’s a victim,” Bedwell said. “We just don’t know what, and we can’t find evidence.”

 

Jessie’s disappearance changed the course of Grant’s and Dwight Foster’s lives.

 

They entered a world of what-ifs and body watches, holding their breath every time human remains were found in Las Vegas.

 

Early on, the mystery festered like an open wound. What if Jessie is alive and being tortured? What if she died alone in the desert?

 

The macabre thoughts went on and on for the parents.

 

That first year, Grant refused to leave home and let her cupboards go empty. She struggled to take care of her two other daughters and grieved constantly. She quit her job and focused her efforts on trying to find Jessie.

 

Grant and Dwight Foster hired a private investigator and made several trips to the valley to comb the city for their daughter. Still, no luck.

 

Then, near the end of the first year, Grant said she received a sign that helped her move forward. While on a flight to Las Vegas, she had learned police had found Shawn Hornsbeck, a child who had been kidnapped in Missouri and had been missing for four years.

 

Grant knew then Jessie might not come home any time soon. Grant would be in it for the long haul.

 

“Once I knew, it was easier to wait for the next few years to go by,” Grant said. “I don’t know how to explain that, but I just knew.”

 

• • •

 

Doris weaved the Ford Explorer through the rush-hour traffic on Interstate 15, toward Tropicana Avenue.

 

“If she says, ‘yes,’ we take her right there,” said Doris, Run 2 Rescue’s outreach coordinator, who asked that her last name not be used to protect her identity.

 

“We need to get her in the car and out of town to make sure no one follows us,” Forsythe said. “Then out of the state tonight.”

 

“We also need to consider law enforcement,” Borchers said.

 

Borchers thumbed through photos of Jessie as she listened. The similarities between Jessie and the homeless woman were unbelievable.

 

Still, the searchers reminded themselves the woman might not be Jessie. There are nearly 2 million people in Clark County. The odds of finding Jessie on the streets were slim.

 

Regardless, they would help the woman if she needed it.

 

About 10 minutes later, Doris exited onto Tropicana and sped past an adult video emporium and the Orleans. They notified a safe house at an undisclosed location to prepare for Foster. A plan was formulated.

 

They prayed.

“Let it be Jessie,” Forsythe said. “Let it be Jessie.”

 

• • •

 

Grant learned long ago to give up any expectations when people searched for her daughter.

 

She knows getting worked up will only make her crazy. Instead, Grant focuses on what she can control — her advocacy work.

 

After a detective told her no one would be interested in Jessie’s story, Grant’s mission became to prove the detective wrong.

 

Jessie’s story has appeared in documentaries, books and enough newspapers to fill three scrapbooks. Grant has traveled to high schools and universities across Canada, sharing her daughter’s story. She started Mothers Against Trafficking Humans in Jessie’s name.

 

Each time Grant helps another parent deal with losing a loved one to human trafficking, or helps someone by sharing her own story, she’s keeping Jessie alive.

 

Grant also prays … a lot.

 

“I don’t lose hope, but I don’t daydream about the what-ifs,” Grant said. “Those are the ones that will put you in the psych ward.”

 

Her ex-husband, Dwight Foster, from whom Grant has been separated since the late 1980s, has struggled to move forward. Grant said Dwight Foster was consumed with Jessie’s disappearance.

 

Dwight Foster stays up all night and sleeps all day. He is no longer the happy-go-lucky guitar player he once was. He even quit his job.

 

“Somewhere in his dad mind, he probably felt that he didn’t protect her,” Grant said.

 

Grant has chosen not to live in the past. She recently moved out of the home in which Jessie grew up. Grant has moved into a new home with new furniture.

 

Grant knows she can never go back to the life where Jessie brought friends over to bounce on the trampoline and pick grapes off vines. In those days, Grant always thought Jessie would grow up and do hair and makeup for movie stars.

 

Those are just memories now. Grant knows she can’t go back to that life, even if Jessie is still alive.

 

Still it isn’t easy to move forward. Grant cries once a day for Jessie and posts often on Facebook, promising to bring her home no matter what. Even if Grant doesn’t expect answers, she needs one.

 

“It means I don’t have to think Jessie’s being raped,” Grant said. “I don’t have to think that the crows picked her bones clean.”

 

• • •

 

Grant’s mind raced; she couldn’t sleep.

 

It was close to midnight, and Metro Police hadn’t finished scanning the woman’s fingerprints. Grant remained glued to her phone, struggling to remind herself not to expect anything.

 

Earlier that night Borchers, Forsythe and Doris had found the homeless woman. She appeared intoxicated and wouldn’t comment on whether she was Jessie. Borchers snapped three photos and sent them to Grant.

 

The first two pictures didn’t look like Jessie at all, but the third picture — could it be? Grant couldn’t say for certain. The search team needed to find out more. Borchers called Grant and gave the phone to the woman.

 

They wanted to see her react to Grant’s voice.

 

“Please,” Grant said into the phone. “I just need to hear you speak so I can tell.”

 

No response. The woman grew angrier. That’s when the search team decided to call Metro so they could determine the woman’s identity for certain.

 

“There were at least a dozen people stating that it was her, including our own team,” Borchers said. “Even law enforcement said the same thing: that it was her.”

 

After midnight, the fingerprint results came in. It wasn’t Jessie.

 

“I wanted it to be her,” Grant said.

 

The next day, the search resumed.

 

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Now is the time for the North Las Vegas Police Department to FINALLY start investigating like they should have 4-1/2 years ago!!

Peter Todd is the person who we were told, by many people, beat Jessie and forced her to work at an escort agency. Several people at this agency, including the manager, have told me personally that Jessie had bruises from Peter, and she was afraid to leave him. They also all ‘knew’, as did many people in that walk-of-life, that Jessie was beat to death by him in the house at 1009 Cornerstone Place, North Las Vegas, NV USA 89031 and buried in the Mojave Desert north of where they lived. I get calls all the time, the most recent one was just in August 2010, from a woman who knew Jessie (she knew her as Taylor) back in 2005, she said she believes Jessie is dead, that she was murdered by Peter Todd.

The police have NEVER done a proper investigation of the house they know she lived in, even though they say they have no reason to do this investigation, it makes me wonder how else you can solve a crime . . . without investigating?!?!?!? How do they know if he did it or not if they do not investigate? If they don’t rip up carpets and baseboards to look for blood drops or splatters? How does someone not even be investigated and therefore ‘wins’ by default?

I don’t know if Peter did anything or not, but I do know he told me 3 different stories about the last time he saw Jessie. Well, I have one story about the last time I saw Jessie . . . it was as she was leaving Kamloops and her family on CHRISTMAS DAY, DECEMBER 25, 2005 so she could go back to Peter and Las Vegas and the fate that she met, 3 months later – and my story has NEVER changed! How could it? The truth does not change! Our Christmas was forever changed, who do I have a different story about that.

However, regardless of what we don’t know happened, what we do know happened is this:

– Jessie was taken to the USA by Donald Vaz.

Donald Vaz left Jessie in the company of Richard Barrington Walcott and Yvonne Hubrechtsen.  

Richard Barrington Walcott and Yvonne Hubrechtsen then left her in the company of Peter Bertrand Todd.  

Peter Todd ended up her ‘fiancé’ and it was who she was living with, and his identical twin brother, James Andrew Todd, when she vanished 10 months later, never to be seen or heard from for 4 & 1/2 years.

On March 29, 2006, JESSIE FOSTER, for all intents and purposes, COMPLETELY VANISHED!! IT IS LIKE SHE SIMPLY FELL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH!! IT IS LIKE SHE CEASED TO EXIST!!! AND, her:  

– passport was NEVER used again!  

– debit card was NEVER used again!!

– cell phone was NEVER used again!!!

– credit cards were NEVER used again!!!!

– bank account was NEVER used again!!!!!

– loved ones NEVER heard from her again!!!!!!

AND:

– she does not have a known American Social Security Number!

– there has NEVER been anything on her Canadian Social Insurance Number!  

If Jessie did ‘cease to exist‘, then we know, it is because someone murdered my daughter.

If Jessie is alive, (like my heart has always told me), then it is because someone did something to her to make her disappear.

I don’t know why I have to share this now, but suddenly I have something I NEED to tell you.

There is something that happened I have only told a few people about – my family, a few friends and a couple of reporters, but it has never been written about. However I am going to share now. It is a very emotional thing for me to relive, and when I do, always I cry hard, so the tears will be pouring down my cheeks and the snot will be dripping from my nose, but you know what, nothing is worse than having a missing daughter. So compared to that, this will be a piece of cake.

First of all, the last time I talked to my beautiful daughter, Jessie Foster was on March 24, 2006 when she called to see if her little sister, Jennee’s birthday present had got there and to tell me she had a dentist appointment booked for March 27, she called me twice that day. Jessie was 21 years old at that time.

Then on March 27 Jessie called her dad’s house and left her stepmom a happy birthday voice message and said that she was going to the dentist that day.

Crystal talked to Jessie several times on March 28, 2006 – I didn’t, but I had talked to Crystal.

Then on March 29, 2006 I got up for work at my usual time of 3:00AM. Because I was in the same time zone as Las Vegas, there were many times that Jessie would call me at that time to talk, she knew I always had time for her, even at 3 o’ clock in the morning. So it did not surprise me when the phone rang shortly after I got up. What did surprise me was what I heard on the other end.

The first thing I noticed was it was not Jessie cell phone – she still had her same number from Calgary, AB. It was a 7 -0 – 2, Las Vegas area code, but not a number I recognized. But I knew, before I picked it up, that it was going to be Jessie. So I said HI SWEETIE! And then I heard it – it sounded like someone was yelling into the phone. It sounded crackly, like a bad connection with lots of static and I could not understand a thing she was saying. BUT I STILL ‘KNEW’ IT WAS JESSIE, and not just because of the Las Vegas area code on my call display! I felt it was her.

It made me very nervous, because it sounded like Jessie was desperately calling for help. Like she was screaming. I was yelling back, JESSIE . . . WHAT IS WRONG? JESSIE, SWEETIE! I CAN’T HEAR YOU. WHAT IS WRONG? And the phone went dead.

I went into the other room to turn on the light and call the number from the call display back, I WAS STARTING TO PANIC. Before I could call the number, my phone rang again. It was the same 702 area code. I answered quickly and said, JESSIE, ARE YOU OK. But again, all could hear was what sounded like someone screaming. This time it was more desperate, but still not clear. I could not understand exactly what was being said, but it sounded like, “HELP  . . . . ME  . . . . AGGGGG . . . HELP . . .” I was seriously freaking out. I was starting to scream into the phone, JESSIE, WHAT IS WRONG? JESSIE HANG UP AND CALL THE POLICE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. JESSIE, WHAT IS HAPPENING? And the call ended again.

I was freaking, my heart was pounding, I was starting to shake and cry. WHAT WAS HAPPENING? Was Peter beating her? I had received calls before when Jessie and Peter were fighting and I talked to both of them, I even tried many times to get Jessie to come home and to get Peter to send her home – but of course, back then, I had no way to know that Jessie was already the victim of modern-day sex slavery. She was already being beat and forced to work at an escort agency. Then the phone rang for a third time.

This time I was as panicked as I have EVER been in my entire life. I HEARD MY DAUGHTER SCREAMING FOR HER LIFE. I swear it. I still could not make out the words, but the shear panic and shrillness and the loudness of it all told me SOMETHING WAS VERY WRONG. I was screaming into the phone, JESSIE, STOP CALLING ME. CALL THE POLICE! WHERE ARE YOU? WHAT CAN I DO? CALL 9-1-1!!!!!!!!!!! Then the call ended again.

I tried to call Jessie’s cell phone from my cell phone at the same time as I tried to call the number on my call display from my home phone, but both phone just rang, and rang, and rang. I tried to call Peter’s cell phone and even Yvonne Hubrechtsen’s cell phone (hers was the only other number I had for anyone that Jessie knew in Las Vegas, because I ironically and prophetically said to Jessie when she was going to stay in Las Vegas for 2 weeks until her 21st birthday so she could celebrate there – “Jessie, you are not staying in another country unless you give me an contact number for SOMEONE there. I don’t know anyone or where you are and IF YOU GO MISSING, who will I call”. TEN MONTHS LATER MY DAUGHTER WENT MISSING) but all I got on everyone’s phone was voicemail. I left messages, but no one was calling me back. I did not know what to do, because, seriously, I was not even sure what I had just heard.

I called in to work and said I could not come in. I was a mess, there was no way I would be any use at work, and I would be just too worried. I was already worried out of my mind.

Then about 10AM my daughter Crystal called from a payphone when the Greyhound bus was at a stop . . . she was on her way home from up in Northern Alberta at the oil rig camp she was a cook at, to meet her sister Jessie in Kamloops so they could drive her car to Calgary for their stepsister’s wedding reception (Jessie’s proof of car insurance came in the mail to my house for 30 days . . . Jessie paid almost $200 for this, but she never showed up to use it). She was very upset. She said MOM, IT WAS ME. IT WAS ME CALLING NOT JESSIE. IT WAS ME CALLING FROM MY CO-WORKER’S CELL PHONE, SHE IS FROM LAS VEGAS!!!!

You see, Crystal had accidently washed her cell phone in her housecoat pocket before she left camp, so it was not working. She was on the Greyhound bus with her friend who was going to Edmonton to take a plane home to Las Vegas and she knew I would be up at 3:00AM, so she called me from a 7-0-2 area code phone number!!

Crystal told me she could hear me plain as day. She was saying over and over, “No, Mom, it is not Jessie, it is me!”, but all I heard was Jessie screaming for help.

Now, if you knew how close my daughters are to each other, and how close I am to my kids, then maybe somehow there is a way for Crystal to call me on a Las Vegas cell, just as something horrific is happening to Jessie – perhaps she was being beaten to death at that exact time and through the powers of whatever – through the heartstrings between my children and I and my children and each other, I somehow heard Jessie screaming out for me, for her Mommy as ‘someone’ snuffed out her beautiful life.

I know my heart has always told me Jessie is alive and to this day, through my tears as I type now, even with what I just told you, I can’t help it!

I just DO NOT FEEL, DEEP IN MY HEART, THAT MY CHILD IS DEAD, and whether that is the truth, and Jessie is alive and that night there were just 3 ‘bad’ connections from a Las Vegas cell area code at the exact same time Jessie sometimes called me OR, Jessie was murdered, and through the grace of the Lord, I was able to be there for he at the end, well, I just don’t know.

I do know this though. My best-friend Brenda was there for her 16-year-old (& 2 weeks – his birthday was just on July 22, 2002) son, James when he was hit by a speeding truck on August 5, 2002 . . . she held him as he died, and as tragic as that is, it is what has allowed her to go on. She KNOWS he did not suffer, she knows he went to heaven, and she was with her baby as he took his last breath. I hope, if Jessie is not alive, that I was ‘with her’ as she took her last breath. Thank you for your wonderful friendship Brenda; I don’t know what I would do without you being here for me all the time.

The next day, after Jessie never returned Crystal’s calls or my calls, her sister Katie told me she had been calling Jessie all day, and she never returned her call. I started leaving message after message and I filled up her voicemail-box. I emailed her and my emails were getting more and more frantic and pretty soon I was YELLING in them!! I went to work the next day and told one of my co-workers, I THINK MY DAUGHTER IS MISSING IN LAS VEGAS. He said, “What are you doing here then?” And I said, “I DON’T KNOW”. I left and never went back for a year and a half (then a year and a half after that, the business closed).

So, thank you ALL for letting me share this with you. I know it was probably very emotional to you, as it is to the few people I have told this to. Right now, besides the tears and snot I already mentioned, I am shaking and my head is throbbing. It is almost like I just went through that again. But you know, this time, I feel as if I got something out of telling it. Like when you go to the ‘shrink’ and pour your guts out and feel better! Or . . . when you pop that damn zit that hurts like hell . . . and when you do, the pressure comes off and the pain is relieved a bit. Eventually the zit will heal, and I pray that one day, so will my heart.

Friends, you mean so much to me. There are thousands of people who have followed Jessie’s case in the news and on the internet. Thousands of people who love Jessie like a daughter, sister & friend. The prayers for Jessie are constant – every day from everywhere around this world.

AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL . . . Sincerely, not just Jessie’s mom, but also Crystal, Katie & Jennee’s mom, and Maddie, JJ & Ili’s grandma, Glendene Grant.

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Prostitution – The World’s Oldest Profession

Prostitution – the world’s oldest profession . . . and the only profession to allow its workers to be KIDNAPPED &/or KILLED by Glendene Grant
  
 I read an article online the other day about prostitution and cracking down harder on organized crime, specifically drugs and prostitution, and it got me thinking.
  
When it comes to prostitution, people generally think that the women . . . the prostitutes are the problem. THEY ARE NOT! They are the pawns.
 
D*E*M*A*N*D gets a reaction ~ it brings forth a S*U*P*P*L*Y
 
If you remove the demand for sex from prostitutes, then there won’t be a bunch of pimps (and human traffickers) beating and forcing woman into it.
 
I mean, really and truly – tell me how it is that a woman, ANY WOMAN would CHOOSE to stand on the streets and get into a STRANGER’S car, or being sent to a hotel room with a person you DO NOT KNOW, over being safe at home or at a job where she won’t possibly be raped or beaten to death?
 
If (or should I say, when) a prostitute gets arrested and then released in the morning – they are going back to the pimp to get beat and forced to work harder, because they actually had the NERVE TO GET ARRESTED!!! The pimp seriously feel as if their prostitute owes them the amount of money they DID NOT earn while behind bars.
 
And of course, the police become part of the problem when they do not recognize the women as victims. Police need to be trained to recognize signs of human trafficking. So do all front-line workers. People who are with all the different organizations that work with victims; the media; and citizens alike, all need training to spot the signs of human trafficking. Because there are signs . . . lots of them.
 
YES, I KNOW – (“blah, blah, blah” – that’s all the people that say “NOT ALL WOMEN ARE FORCED“)!!!! I agree, there are some women who do choose this occupation, but in comparison to those who don’t – they are few and far between.
 
However, I don’t call a woman who is prostituting herself to feed a drug habit as CHOOSING THIS LIFE, she is choosing to feed her drug habit and that is much different.
 
I am sure, given a chance, they would get off the drugs and the streets. Something, somewhere lead these women to the streets and to the drugs . . . whether it was from something that happened in their childhood home; in school; or something as an adult (such as rape or date rape or some other crime, unsolved or solved); or an abusive husband. Whatever it was, something made them say, “I want to use heroin . . . pass the crack pipe . . . where’s the crystal meth, I want to pick my face apart“.
 
As a woman who was a little girl who played with her Barbie toys, I know for a fact there was no HOOKER Barbie, or DRUGGIE Barbie and not one of my friends ever said, “I want to live on the streets or be beaten & raped every day when I grow up!” As a matter of fact, I am sure there are no little boys who wanted to grow up and be a pimp or kidnap women. Something happens to them, or something goes wrong in this person’s life for them to end up this way.
 
No one asks to be born, and no one deserves to be neglected, abused or worse at anytime during their lives. We are all human and we are all equal in our rights. IT IS TOO BAD THAT SOME PEOPLE DON’T AGREE AND ACCEPT THAT.
 
I am not trying to say that prostitution needs to be abolished. I am not against it at all. I do believe that if it was treated like an ‘occupation’, ensuring those working are safe from all harm, and of course taxed like all other income, then it very likely could work in our society. Sorry to all you who think I am (hmmm, I can’t even think of the word), I am not. I am just trying to think realistically.
 
Think back to part of my title: THE WORLD’S OLDEST PROFESSION. Obviously prostitution is not going away. So why not make is safe for those CHOOSING it as a job? Why not allow them to not EVER risk being raped and/or murdered?
 
Also, there are times when it PREVENTS rape. Sex will never GO OUT OF STYLE, it can’t. Sex is not just something to do, it is a biological need, and sometimes paying a prostitute for it is the only way some people ever have sex. And, if not for prostitution, some of those people would take it by force from someone else.
 
 
Most people probably would think I would be completely against prostitution in all shapes and forms, after all, my daughter JESSIE FOSTER has been an international endangered missing person for four and a half years, and she is the victim of human trafficking.
 
Jessie was lured to the USA from her home in Canada and was forced to work for an escort agency in Las Vegas.
 
When Jessie went missing we hired a private investigator who found proof that Jessie was beaten and hospitalized. He also found out that she was also arrested twice. Once for one count of solicitation for the purpose of prostitution and once for four counts of solicitation for the purpose of prostitution. Jessie was either trying to get arrested in hopes of being sent back to Canada, or she was the dumbest prostitute in Las Vegas.
 
Jessie had already been to court for the first charge, she got a fine and it was paid for her right away. The second court date was set for several months after Jessie disappearance. As a matter of fact, when the bail bonds company had their bounty hunter search for Jessie, he found a missing person’s poster, got my number from it and called me. They wanted to pull a ‘DOG the BOUNTY HUNTER’ with her. In other words, they wanted to find her and bring her back so they did not loose the money they put up for her bail. I told him I would be happy if found Jessie and took her to jail. It would have been better than any other place that she would be in.
 
That bounty hunter told me that when a certain date came and the bail bonds company lost their money to the courts, he would be able to help me find Jessie without it being a conflict of interest, and he did. Unfortunately, even though we communicated for a long time, he was not able to find my daughter.
 
I have got this type of offers of help from many, many people since Jessie has been missing.
 
 
We know that when Jessie tried to leave the situation she had found herself in since May 2005, when she tried to come back home, she was kidnapped. Or killed.
 
We don’t truly know what happened to Jessie on the night of March 29, 2006, but we do know something happened. What we do know is that Jessie has not been seen or heard from since then, and we know that Jessie did not choose to stop contact. She is either not allowed to because of conditions and/or threats or she is not able to because she is not alive.
 
Since Jessie has been missing we have all been through a lot, but the hardest things is to continue living life so it is fair to our family. There are many young members of our family and they need . . . they deserve to have a chance at life. Jessie has 3 sisters, 2 stepsisters, a mom & stepdad and a dad & stepmom. She has 2 step-nephews and 2 step-nieces, with 2 more on the way. And since she has been missing, Jessie’s two younger sisters have both become mommies, giving her 2 nieces and 1 nephew.
 
JESSIE FOSTER IS AN INTERNATIONAL ENDANGERED MISSING WOMAN & THE VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. JESSIE WAS LURED TO THE USA FROM CANADA AND WHEN SHE WAS PLANNING ON COMING HOME FOR A FAMILY WEDDING SHE DISAPPEARED. JESSIE WAS FORCED TO WORK FOR AN ESCORT AGENCY DURING THE TIME SHE WAS WAS IN LAS VEGAS. JESSIE WAS EITHER KIDNAPPED OR KILLED, BUT EITHER WAY, SHE IS STILL THE VICTIM OF MODERN-DAY SEX SLAVERY.

I have an answer to your question: HOW BAD IS SEX TRAFFICKING IN LAS VEGAS?

My name is Glendene Grant and I have an answer to your question: HOW BAD IS SEX TRAFFICKING IN LAS VEGAS?

In a word: RAMPANT!
In a few words: It is out of control!
Remember: WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS!

My daughter is JESSIE FOSTER. Jessie is an international endangered missing woman and the victim of human trafficking. Jessie is from Kamloops, BC Canada and she went missing from her home in North Las Vegas, NV USA on March 29, 2006.

When Jessie first went missing, the officer in charge of the case, Det. Molnar told me that Jessie probably decided to leave on her own and has started a new life somewhere else. He said that he found a missing woman one time and she told him to tell her mother she did not want to see her again – to which I told him then he would have to get her to tell me to my face, because Jessie would NEVER do that.

Then he said, “besides . . . you know, it is a big desert out there, and she will probably be found one day”.

With nothing to suggest my daughter would leave her family in turmoil and choose to leave her life behind and start a new one OR that Jessie was dead, this is what he told me.

Then he had the nerve to tell me that the media would never be interested in Jessie’s case because there is nothing sensational about it. I LOOKED AT HIM, AND TOOK IT AS A DARE . . . how DARE he say that to the mother of a missing child, and – to me, he DARED me to get media attention. Det. Molnar obviously has no clue what it is like to be a mother bear, I DO . . . I am one!

Jessie went missing on March 29, 2006, the North Las Vegas refused to take a missing person’s report until April 9, 2006 and within two weeks, I was getting media attention for Jessie:
– On April 24, 2006 the Geraldo at Large producer was at my home in Canada filming a segment on Jessie’s disappearance.
– On the October 11, 2006 episode of the Maury Povich Show did a missing person’s episode and showed Jessie’s missing information.
– On April 26, 2007 I was on the Montel Williams Show, the topic was human trafficking. This show was aired several times. Plus a new update to Jessie’s case on July 8, 2008.
– In August 2007 Jessie’s story had a full page article in the National Enquirer.
– In August 2007 Jessie’s story came out in a book called MISSING! The Disappeared, Lost and Abducted in Canada – by Lisa Wojna.
– In August 2008 Jessie’s case was aired on America’s Most Wanted. There is a page on their website dedicated to Jessie. There was a new update to Jessie’s case on December 19, 2009.
– In August 2009 Jessie’s case was 1 of 15 that was featured on E! Entertainment’s documentary, Young Beautiful and Vanished.
– On February 14, 2010 I was invited to be a guest speaker at the 19th Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, BC.
– On March 29, 2010 Jessie’s case was featured on CTV’s Canada AM about Jessie being missing 4 years that day. I was on with Diana Trepkov, Canada’s Leading Forensic Artist who had just completed a series of age enhancement drawings of Jessie. One showed her as a she would look, as human trafficking victim for 4 years.
– In April 2010 there was an award named after Jessie, called the Glendene & Jessie Foster Award that was given to many people who are working to help end human trafficking (Canadian MP Joy Smith; Chief of York Ontario, Canada Police, Armand LaBarge; Canada’s leading human trafficking expert and author, Professor Benjamin Perrin; and many, many more).
– In September 2010 Professor Benjamin Perrin’s book, Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking is being released, Jessie’s case is included in this book.
– THERE IS SO MUCH MORE . . . BUT I THINK YOU GET MY POINT – AND I THINK DETECTIVE MOLNAR GOT ME!!

Human trafficking is the number 3 illegal money making activity in the world. The top 3 are: DRUGS, GUNS & HUMAN TRAFFICKING (or HUMAN TRADE, also known as PEOPLE . . . as our loved ones).
However:
DRUGS can be sold only & used once
GUNS can be sold & used many times
PEOPLE can be (and are) sold & used over and over and over again.

So I plan on starting an organization called M.A.T.H. (Mother’s Against Trafficking Humans). (I don’t know what to do, all I know is I WILL do it.)

Do the M.A.T.H.!
2.5 million people are trafficked yearly around the world*
PLUS a global annual market of about $42.5 billion**
EQUALS who is getting rich? Someone is, and it is not the victims and their families.
*The United Nations estimates 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked around the world annually.
**The Council of Europe states there is a global annual market of about $42.5 billion.

So, even though Human Trafficking runs RAMPANT in Las Vegas, I am doing every single thing I can to prevent it.

If I am able to prevent just one person from becoming a human trafficking victim, then I will be able to live the rest of my life in relative peace, with or without getting my Jessie back or ever finding answers to what happened to her.

If I am able to prevent another member of my family from going through this hell, then my job as Jessie’s mother would not have been in vain. Jessie would not have gone missing in vain.

Sincerely, not just Jessie’s mom, but also Crystal, Katie & Jennee’s mom and JJ, ML & IJ’s grandma, Glendene Grant.

source: http://jessiesmomglendene.newsvine.com/_news/2010/08/30/4998402-i-have-an-answer-to-your-question-how-bad-is-sex-trafficking-in-las-vegas

Valleyview students get ‘reality check’ on human trafficking

 Glendene Grant talks to Grade 11 students at Valleyview secondary about the world of human trafficking and what they can do to avoid becoming ensnared. Grants daughter, Jessie Foster, vanished in Las Vegas four years ago.  

Their eyes are fixated on the video screen a few feet away.

The teens are told about human slavery and how it’s being carried out in foreign lands.

The students are reminded they can call organizations like Crime Stoppers if they see it — or if they get caught up in it themselves.

A group of Grade 11 social studies students at Valleyview secondary are getting an education on the growing problem of human trafficking.

But the 45-minute presentation doesn’t really hit home until Glendene Grant steps to the front of the class.

She introduces herself as the mother of Jessie Foster, the Kamloops resident who has been missing for more than four years in one of the most well-known cases of suspected human trafficking.

Grant sets up a video montage that tells Jessie’s story, set to photos of the beautiful girl.

Many of the pictures were taken when Jessie was the same age as the teens sitting at their desks.

It’s all a little too much for Avelyn Hall.

“It makes it so much more real,” the 17-year-old student said, with tears in her eyes.

Avelyn has seen the posters of Foster while riding on Greyhound buses over the years and never thought she’d meet the missing woman’s mom.

“I could see the pain,” she said.

Though Avelyn doesn’t believe she could become a victim herself of human trafficking, she said some of her peers may find their way into more trouble.

She said many of her fellow students just don’t have respect for themselves — and Grant’s story could help open their eyes.

Grant, Mark Price from the Kamloops and District Crime Stoppers Society and Deb Noel from the Catholic Women’s League, are making presentations at local high schools.

The trio touches on two aspects of modern-day slavery — trafficking into the sex trade and slave labour in the global trade market.

Valleyview was the second presentation for the group.

Braden McCarthy, another Grade 11 student, called the presentation “really disturbing.”

He didn’t realize to what extent the problem of human trafficking had grown.

Braden noted students in his class were moved to tears from the presentation.

It’s exactly the reaction Grant was hoping to get.

“I can see them and feel their eyes on the videos,” she said.

“In a way, it’s a good reality check.”

While it may be hard to keep a teen’s attention for a long period of time, Grant is sure the kids are taking something from her story.

The mother of four said she’s been inundated with calls from throughout the school district, the province and country from educators inquiring about the presentation.

Grant said the group will continue to do as many presentations as they can, adding she’s working on a way to offer the lecture online.

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Yvonne Hubrechtsen Recruiter Have You Seen Me?

Yvonne Hubrechtsen

Have you seen me? Yvonne Hubrechtsen played Jessie Foster like  a fiddle. Befriended her then turned her over to Peter Todd who forced her into prostitution.  Peter Todd stated to me “Jessie was too much trouble”. She got in the way because she got busted for prostitution. It really pissed him off that he had to deal with her. Peter Todd from the conversations I had with him, never wanted Jessie around. He never loved her and wasn’t getting married again. Yvonne Hubrechtsen is a Recruiter for these sex trafficking rings. I want everybody to see who she is. She lives from what we’ve been told in Vegas but  also in Canada. I hope this information is taken seriously. Jessie Foster is seriously missing and has been for almost four years. Why hasn’t the police questioned these key people in this case. It’s quite obvious Jessie didn’t run away nor did little green men come and take her. So whats the problem with the Las Vegas police department. Why are they not questioning the key people in the picture again ie.. Peter Todd maybe even question James Todd Peter’s brother. Trish Vanarsdale Todd Yvonne Hubrechtsen and another girl Sarah that lives in California.`

Sarah
Recruiter in San Bernardino, CA

Young Woman Disappears Under Strange Circumstances

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Risk of human sex-trafficking:Jessica Edith Louise Foster Part 1

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$50,000 Reward for Information

Donald and Lema Vaz: Persons of interest

Canada must act on human trafficking: U.S. report

From: The Province
June 05, 2008
By: Suzanne Fournier

Perrin notes that human trafficking in Canada defies traditional stereotypes. He says it’s not just women from Asia and Central and Eastern Europe brought here and exploited in the sex trade, but many cases he comes across relate to Canadian women and girls “for sale.”

Risk of human-trafficking

From: Edmonton Sun
April 25, 2008
By: Glenn Kauth

Here in Edmonton, police last year said they were investigating two suspected rings believed to be part of an international network enslaving hundreds of Albertans a year.

Many of them end up in the sex trade in Las Vegas, something officials there believe happened to Jessie Foster, a Calgary woman who has been missing since March 2006.

Mom relieved missing daughter’s DNA didn’t match

From: Vancouver Sun
April 14, 2008
By: Neal Hall

Foster twice travelled to the U.S. in 2005 after meeting a man at a party in Alberta who offered to pay for the trips.

DNA could prove fate of Jessie Foster

From: The Province
March 28, 2008
By: Suzanne Fornier

Grant made increasingly frantic calls to Las Vegas, including to Todd, who claimed Foster had moved out.

Hoyt said more than one man, including Todd, has been questioned in connection with Foster’s disappearance, but he couldn’t reveal any details about the “ongoing investigation.”

Grant said Foster will turn 24 on May 27 and that she “desperately hopes” to have positive news about her daughter’s fate by then.

Yvonne Hubrechtsen

Jessie Foster reward upped to $50,000

From: Kamloops Daily News
December 27, 2007
By: Jason Hewlett

The family upped the reward after learning that a woman who may have information on Jessie’s disappearance seems to have slipped through the fingers of Canadian authorities.
Grant has been trying to speak to American Yvonne Hubrechtsen – an alleged sex-trade worker – since Jessie went missing.

Jessie gave her mom Hubrechtsen’s number as a contact number after moving to Vegas, but Grant never needed to use it until she lost contact with her daughter.

When Grant eventually tried the number, the woman who answered refused to co-operate.
“I have never been able to talk to her,” Grant said.

Then she learned through the media that Hubrechtsen had been living in Vancouver until authorities arrested and deported her back to the states on Dec. 19.

Vancouver police arrested Hubrechtsen on a Canada Border Services warrant for having illegally entered the country by not revealing her criminal record.

Grant is convinced Hubrechtsen, 22, is part of a group of acquaintances that brought her daughter to Vegas with promises of a lavish lifestyle, then forced her into a prostitution ring.
Jessie was 21 when she went missing in March 2006. Once a straight-A student, she traveled to the U.S. in the spring of 2005 with a man she met at a party who promised to pay the way.

Social networking sites used for human trafficking

From: Edmonton Sun
November 11, 2007
By: Andrew Hanin

He said that while human-trafficking ‘criminal enterprises’ have operated in Western Canada for at least 20 years—and for decades longer in central Canada—they’re more sophisticated than ever before.

They do most of their recruiting on social networking websites like Facebook and MySpace, choosing naïve or vulnerable victims for “grooming” who are right around 18 years old in order to avoid detection by authorities looking for predators after underage kids.

Asked how many young Albertans are caught up in this web each year, Galvin replied simply, “hundreds.” Most are women, he said, but young men are also targets.

Galvin said that typically, a man will develop an online relationship with the victim, selling himself as a glamourous high roller.

Once he begun to reel in the victim, he makes a date to meet her. A whirlwind romance follows.

“She gets the red carpet treatment,” Galvin explained, “limos, expensive restaurants, VIP rooms at night clubs. Everything mirrors the pop culture ideal of good times. These guys can read the girls really well. She thinks he’s her boyfriend.”

After four or five dizzyingly spectacular dates, the predator will invite her to a private party.

When she arrives, however, she might be the only woman there. There are never more than one or two other women who are also victims.

She will be gang-raped and subjected to unspeakable humiliation. She might be drugged.

“Her ‘boyfriend’ will tell her what’s expected of her,“ Galvin said. “She’s told the event will occur anyways. She can either fight or submit to it, but it’s going to happen.”

She will be threatened with death if she goes to police. Her family might also be threatened.

Victims are typically taken to another city, where they’re further groomed by a group of women already in the sex trade. They’re taught how to dress, act and how to avoid police. At the same time they’re further broken down by beatings and threats.

Once they’re deemed ready and compliant, the victims are taken to the U.S. and pimped as high-priced call girls.

Galvin said Canadian women often end up in Las Vegas, and can be pimped to rich johns for up to $10,000 per weekend.

Former Lillooet resident continues her search for missing daughter

From: Lillooet News
May 9, 2007
By: Wendy Fraser

Jessie left Canada in 2005 after a male friend from Calgary persuaded her to take a trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They also visited New York City and Atlantic City before winding up in May 2005 in Las Vegas, the glamourous and glitzy gambling mecca.

Glendene Grant later learned that those four cities are known as hubs for human trafficking. She and her family now suspect the male friend was a recruiter for the sex trade.

source:http://jessiefoster.ca/index_files/Page1443.htm

Everywhere on Internet, but still missing

JessieGlendene1Glendene Grant & her missing daughter Jessie Foster

Calgary-born Jessie Foster was 21 when she disappeared in March 2006, four months after moving to Las Vegas.

Glendene Grant’s days begin around 3:30 a.m. by typing her daughter’s name into online search engines and monitoring dozens of websites devoted to missing women.

Daughter Jessie Foster may have vanished in the underbelly of Las Vegas in 2006, but her presence on the Internet is inescapable.

“She’s to me the most well-known, unknown missing person in the world,” said Grant, who has created nearly a dozen websites in her daughter’s name. She adds Foster’s photograph and story to every missing persons list and forum she can find.

Calgary-born Foster was 21 when she disappeared in March 2006, four months after moving to Las Vegas.

Grant believes her daughter is caught up in a human trafficking ring, lured to glamorous Las Vegas by a recruiter who helped turn Foster into a sex slave.

Before her abrupt disappearance, Foster painted a picture of happiness to her parents. She told them she was engaged to a wealthy man, Peter Todd, who drove fast cars and lived in a fancy house in north Vegas. She phoned often and came back to Canada for visits.

JessieandPeterTodd2Jessie Foster & Peter Todd

Grant eventually learned her daughter’s so-called fiance was a pimp with a prior conviction for spousal assault, and that Foster was working as prostitute for an escort agency.

Foster had twice been arrested for solicitation in 2005.

Prior to her disappearance Foster travelled to Nevada, New York and Florida with high school friend Donald Vaz. She called home and said he asked her to earn funds turning tricks because he gambled his money away.

Despite her work in the prostitution trade, Foster kept in touch with family unfailingly, Grant says.

In March 2006, Foster called home to announce she was coming to Kamloops for a visit in a few days and on to Calgary for her stepsister’s wedding.

She never arrived.

March 28, 2006, was the last day Foster was seen alive. Since then, Foster’s credit cards and bank accounts haven’t been touched.

Her frequently used cellphone hasn’t been used.

All of these clues are leading Grant to the same horrible conclusion and she is doing everything she can to keep Foster’s story alive.

“I want her to be Canada’s poster child for human trafficking. It’s a symbol of the whole thing. Human trafficking needs to take on a face so people will remember,” says Grant.

“Whether she’s back or still missing, whether she’s alive or not alive, she’s already helped a lot of other people start talking about this.”

Her website, http://www.jessiefoster.ca, and YouTube montages offer a $50,000 reward for information about Foster’s whereabouts.

She spends hours every day trying to track down leads.

“We’re slowly getting Jessie’s case saturated around the world. I write enough stories and tag her enough that her name is alive out there.”

Grant says she doesn’t want to think about her daughter’s death, because she wants to focus on finding her alive.

“I think the absolute worst is knowing you’re never going to see your child again. But I think I will see Jessie again. I know I will.”

Calgary detectives have an average case load of 3,200 missing person reports each year, but “99 per cent of those people are found or find their way home,” said Det. John Hebert of the Calgary Police Service major crimes unit.

Calgary simply doesn’t have a number of unsolved high-profile cases of local women disappearing under sinister circumstances.

“We’re certainly not seeing them. In terms of missing persons we’re seeing resolutions of the vast majority of cases as opposed to having a great number of outstanding ones,” said Hebert.

“The vast majority of our outstanding missing persons that are reported are resolved in one way or another in a reasonably timely manner.”

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