Our daughters name is Zephaniah Zephi Trevino. She is 16 years old and is a junior in high school. She is currently charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery.
Our daughter was raised in a faith-based home surrounded by a loving family. She is the youngest of four siblings. She lives in Grand Prairie,Texas and is a loving and beautiful young lady. Before meeting this tragic circumstance, she was outgoing and involved with many activities such as her church worship team, select fastpitch softball, and had recently made the drill team at her high school. Everyone who had met our daughter could feel the impact of her loving and caring personality. She loves hard and feels deeply.
Her life drastically changed when she was introduced her to drugs by an abusive boyfriend. Her life spiraled fast, she began to change mentally and physically; ran away often. In May of 2019 she met an adult that began grooming her for sex trafficking through coercion by using physical threats, threats of death against her family and drugs.
Zephi had been forced, a number of times, to participate in sexual acts with adults by her trafficker. Ultimately, this cycle of abuse ended with her trafficker killing a man that Zephi was being forced to perform sexual acts with.
She has been in the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice facility since last fall awaiting trial. Even though the District Attorneys office has been made aware that Zephi was being forced to perform sexual acts on adults due to threats of harm by her trafficker if she tried to leave him.
The public defender that was assigned to Zephis case is pushing her to take a plea deal with a long sentence rather than defending her at trial. However, our daughter maintains her innocence.
In response, we are having to gather funds to pay for a legal defense to fight on our daughters behalf. She has been victimized by sex trafficking and is now being charged for a crime that she did not commit. The person who committed the crime is the same person who was victimizing our daughter with physical threats.
Please consider helping us raise a legal defense that will fight for her life.
Henry & Crystal Trevino