Mexia ISD teacher accused of trying to sell relative online to men in Africa

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FREESTONE COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- A woman has been arrested in a multi-agency human trafficking investigation in Central Texas.

With the help of the McLennan County Sheriff's Office, on Wednesday investigators with the Freestone County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman for trafficking of persons.

Amber Michelle Parker, 37, remained in the Freestone County Jail Wednesday night in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

Officials say she was conspiring to traffic her underage relative online to multiple men in Morocco.

"She was online talking to multiple guys in Morocco trying to get it setup where she could take her with her over there to them," said Freestone County Sheriff J. Shipley.

Shipley said the bust was a team effort spearheaded by FCSO investigator Sgt. Preston Cordova and MCSO detective Joseph Scaramucci.

Sheriff Parnell McNamara said FCSO reached out to them to help on the human trafficking part, and Scaramucci went there several times to help with writing and executing search warrants in the case.

He says the woman, who is a teacher at Mexia ISD, intended to take her to Morocco for prostitution, promoting her as a virgin, posting semi-nude photos of her in lingerie online.

"It's a very low-down thing, it's the worst of the worst when you prostitute your own relative, that's as low as you get," said McNamara. "It's sickening to think a woman would stoop that low."

McNamara said the victim was out of the area and safe; he said she's staying with her father who came from out of state to pick her up while Parker was in Morocco - a trip she just returned from Tuesday.

"We appreciate Sheriff Parnell McNamara and McLennan County Sheriff's Office providing assistance to combat human trafficking in our area," said Shipley. "Also, good work to FCSO Sgt. Martin and Deputies Gasaway, Graham, and Walker who were also instrumental in this investigation."

The Sheriff said the investigation started because of a tip and urged the public to report this type of activity to law enforcement.

"If you see something, say something," said Shipley.