Amy Lynn Bradley’s family fears that she was sold into the sex industry after she disappeared almost 24 years ago from the Royal Caribbean ship Rhapsody of the Seas.
After reports of her being seen in brothels and online, the family of a missing woman on a Caribbean cruise fears she was sold into sex trading.
Amy Lynn Bradley was 23 years when she vanished almost 24 year ago, from the Royal Caribbean Ship Rhapsody of the Seas. Silver Screen Beats.
She had been on the luxury trip from Aruba to the Antilles with her parents Ron and Iva and brother Brad, and was last seen asleep on her cabin’s balcony at around 5.30am on Tuesday, March 24 in 1998.
Amy’s mother wasn’t convinced she was a fraud and felt that something sinister had occurred.
She told reporters: ”When we discovered Amy missing, we begged the ship’s personnel to not put the gangway down, to not allow anybody to leave the ship.”
Her mum also said to NBC News that certain members of the crew had taken a particular interest in Amy and she noted that while pictures of the passengers were taken by the cruise operators, all the photos of Amy later disappeared.
While the FBI investigated the disappearance they were unable to find anything conclusive.
Since there have been several possible sightings of Amy over the years that have kept her family believing that she may still be alive.
A taxi driver told Amy’s father that she approached his cab on the morning of her disappearance and said she needed to get to a telephone.
Then Canadian tourist David Carmichael reported seeing a woman who looked a lot like Amy on a beach in the Caribbean island of Curaçao a few months after she went missing.
He hadn’t heard of Amy’s disappearance before seeing an English-speaking woman with two sinister “Minders” and after reading about the case he said he was “100% certain” it was her.
The woman’s distinctive tattoos were “identical” to Amy’s, Mr Carmichael claimed.
The following January, a US Navy officer reportedly met Amy in a Curacao brothel where he claimed she begged for help and was “She was kept against her will and not allowed to leave”.
But he decided not to report the incident fearing that he would get into trouble with the Navy for visiting a brothel.
It was only after he retired that he contacted Amy’s family but his claim has never been substantiated, and the brothel where had claimed to have seen the missing woman mysteriously burned down before the allegation could be investigated.
In the same year, the Bradleys were scammed out of $210,000 (£157,000) by a team of Navy SEALs who claimed to have information on Amy’s whereabouts and promised to bring her home but disappeared as soon as the family gave them a down payment.
Another witness, a tourist named Judy Mawer, reported seeing a woman in her 30s answering Amy’s description in Bridgetown, Barbados in 2005.
The very distraught-looking woman later spoke to her in a ladies’ toilet, claiming that her name was Amy and she was from Virginia before two men arrived and dragged her violently from the toilet.
In the same year, explicit photos of a sex worker called “Jas” were posted on a website advertising “All-inclusive erotic vacations” for $2,750 (just over £2,000).
“When I first looked at the picture, it wasn’t the Amy I know,” her mother said. “The picture looks like a harsh and tormented Amy”.
A reward of $260,000 (£195,000) for information leading to Amy’s recovery is still listed on the FBI website.