Published: Jul 07, 2011 4:25 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 07, 2011 3:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Elizabeth Smart is taking a job with ABC News as a commentator focusing on missing persons and child abduction cases.

ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend tells The Associated Press that the Utah woman who was kidnapped, raped and held captive at age 14 by a Salt Lake City street preacher can provide viewers with a unique perspective on such cases.

Townsend says the deal with the now 23-year-old Smart has been in the works for some time.

She says Smart could be on the air within the next few weeks.

Smart spokesman Chris Thomas says the Brigham Young University music student wants to use the media position to create awareness about cases involving missing children.

In May, Brian David Mitchell was sentenced to life without parole in federal prison for Smart's 2002 abduction.

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