Family believe missing student victim of human trafficking

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It's been six weeks since 20-year-old Wichita native and Kansas City college student Toni Anderson went missing. Her parents tell KAKE News they believe their daughter is a victim of human trafficking. 

As you can imagine, Anderson's family is keeping as strong as they can. Over the weekend Toni's dad went to Kansas City to help pack up her things. Her mom, Liz, didn't go and says she couldn't bear looking at all her stuff. 

Toni disappeared the morning of January 15. 

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"How do you just disappear without no trace?" Liz said. "I break down a lot. I don't mean to get choked up but sometimes it's really hard." 

Her last messages were through a text exchange with a friend, saying she had been pulled over. A North Kansas City police officer gave her a warning and directed her to a QuikTrip.

After that, she was gone.

The Kansas City Police Department has said it has searched by land, air and water without a sign of Toni. 

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While police have not said if they suspect foul play, Toni's mother believes human trafficking could be a factor.

"I have felt all along, since I got the news that Toni was missing, that someone had taken her," Liz said. "I feel that she was lured in somewhere and that she has been taken."

While new leads are scarce, Liz says that could change soon.

"They have obtained her information from the iCloud, so the detectives are waiting for that right now, and that's going to give us more clues."

As family and friends struggle with her disappearance, they're hopeful. Over the weekend, a vigil service at Immanuel Lutheran Church was hosted in her honor.

"We just hope that people remember to stay vigilant and keep their eyes open," said Toni's dad, Brian. "We hope that people continue to say prayers for our family."
Liz said, "I feel in my heart that she is alive and she's doing OK, but I don't feel like she is dead."

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Family encourages people who know anything about Toni's disappearance to call police right away.

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