Texas teacher busted following an operation led by County Sheriff Offices.
A Texas teacher has been arrested after arranging for her young relative to be trafficked to Morocco for prostitution, according to reports.
Authorities received a tip-off from the family, and the teacher was arrested upon returning from Morocco.
Amber Michelle Parker, 37, a reading teacher at Mexia Independent School District, was busted following an operation led by Freestone County and McLennan County Sheriff Offices.
Parker was under investigation by detectives who had been following her movements for months, before finally taking her into custody on charges of trafficking and conspiracy to traffic a child.
The woman, who was a teacher for children in 8th grade, was negotiating a price to sell her teenage relative to a group of Moroccan men outside of work time.
Parker even advertised the girl as a “virgin” in a sadistic marketing ploy to hike up the price.
She then proceeded to post explicit photos of the young girl in lingerie online.
Police swooped in on Parker as she was finalizing the terms of the deal.
The woman traveled to Morocco right before Christmas and returned on January 1, as officers waiting for her the airport.
The girl’s parents sounded the alarm after Parker repeatedly asked to take the girl to Morocco.
“Family members got wind that Parker was going to try to lure this girl to Morocco,” McClennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said, as reported by Waco Tribune.
The officer called the incident “a dastardly story, trafficking at its worst.”
“It’s a very low-down thing; it’s the worst of the worst when you prostitute your relative,” the sheriff said.
It is not yet clear to what relation Parker was to the girl, but according to her school profile she wrote that she is married to a “beautiful daughter, Naomie,” a senior at the same school.
Parker was placed on administrative leave following the news of the arrest.
School district Superintendent Lyle DuBus said they take the allegations against the teacher “very seriously” and cooperating with the police.
US President Donald Trump recently vowed to end child trafficking by proclaiming January to be a month dedicated to ending the horrific practice.
In one of his final actions of 2018, the president declared January to be “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” during a lengthy proclamation issued on December 31st.