February 24, 2014
Andrea Swanson will always regret the day she gave her daughter’s boyfriend a second chance.
Because it was the day she lost her child a second time to a dark world of violence and prostitution. Today Andrea, 50, who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a vocal campaigner raising awareness of sex trafficking.
Earlier this week a television interview was aired in which Andrea shared the full horror of how a predatory pimp ‘tore apart’ her middle class family when he started dating her daughter, 16-year-old Hannah.
She told of her devastation when the truth about boyfriend Kobe Hogue tumbled out with Hannah’s arrest for soliciting two years later in June 2010.
She recalled how an arrest and brief imprisonment for car theft had only strengthened Hogue’s hold over Hannah, who is now 22.
And she spoke of her regret that, on his release, she had let Hannah slip back into the relationship, deeper into his control and out of her parents’ lives.
But now, MailOnline can reveal that since giving that interview – filmed seven months ago – Andrea has been reunited with the daughter she feared she had lost for good. And today she is in the process of rebuilding their shattered relationship.
It is not easy. She admitted the situation is ‘fluid.’ She does not know where her daughter lives. She does not know if Hannah is still in contact with Hogue – who goes by Kobe D**kinmya** Hogue on Facebook.
But she takes heart that, she said, Hannah and he are ‘no longer going out.’ Above all she knows that her daughter is alive and with contact comes hope that one day the damage done across the past four years can be repaired.
According to Chris Baughman, the former Las Vegas vice officer who investigated Hannah’s case and who brought her story to public note with television show, Ross Kemp: Extreme World: ‘The girl was from great stock, but that doesn’t stop these people playing on her weaknesses, her hang ups.
‘They don’t care what sort of family she comes from. He treats her like a princess, but eventually he gets them away from the family.
‘He then turns her into a prostitute, promising it’ll only be for a few months, then a bit further down the line says they can make lots of money from it, make it a business, and it goes on and on until it’s too late. That’s what happened here.’
Looking back, Andrea admitted, the signs were there but she and her family were too trusting, too naïve, to even begin to see them.
Hannah, who once dressed conservatively and modestly, began wearing more and more provocative clothing – all of it bought by Hogue.
He paid for her to have her nails and hair done. He designed a tattoo which she had inked on her back for him: a rose surrounded by a heart. And there were the bruises her parents occasionally noticed, for which Hannah offered no explanation.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Andrea said: ‘We thought we had the most rebellious teenager we could have. We didn’t know if you tied the tattoo to him getting her hair and nails done…it points towards prostitution.’
But then Hannah’s seemingly ideal boyfriend, who lavished gifts and attention upon her, was arrested for stealing cars.
Andrea and her husband were shocked. She said: ‘All of a sudden he ends up in prison for stealing cars. That’s where the grooming happened.
‘He was writing her letters, filling her head with all these promises…Writing me letters, telling me he cared for my daughter.’