OTR Interviews

Missing Beauty Queen

This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," January 30, 2007, that has been edited for clarity.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Now to another part of the globe, a story that is captivating at least two continents. According to her parents, former Miss Brazil is missing. Her parents are telling police that the former Miss Brazil told them six months ago that she's in London. But is she?

Taiza Thomsen is not exactly inconspicuous, but why can't her parents find her? And it gets stranger. It's possible, according to some, that her disappearance could be linked to, of all things, a human trafficking ring.

Joining us with more from Miami with the details of the case, reporter Carmen Gentile. Welcome, Carmen. Carmen, in terms of the disappearance of the former Miss Brazil, when was she last, at least, located? I mean, when did people last know where she was?

CARMEN GENTILE, UPI: Well, according to the federal police in Brazil and in her home town of Joinville, she was last heard from, from her family on September the 5th, during a conversation in which she supposedly told her parents that she was being threatened, but she would not specify exactly what was the threat against her . And since then, her parents have had no contact with her and have just recently appealed to the police for their help locating their daughter.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is it at all realistic — I mean, this whole idea of human trafficking — are the Brazilian police taking that as a serious possibility?

GENTILE: I think that the police are looking into it as a possibility because she had mentioned that she had a boyfriend who was Polish. Now, a friend of hers supposedly said that she had seen her last year in Europe and said that she was seeing this man and that she was, at that time, looking for money, looking for clothes, had no place to live. So they are looking into the possibility that trafficking — that she was snared into a trafficking ring, as women from Brazil sometimes are.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is she on good terms with her parents, so it isn't simply just that she hasn't spoken to her parents in six months?

GENTILE: No, I don't think that's the case. A former boyfriend of hers has told a leading Brazilian newspaper that he knew that they had very strong relations, that they were very close, and that he did not think that there was some kind estrangement between Taiza and her parents.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, we'll continue to monitor this. Carmen, thank you.

GENTILE: Thank you.

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