Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sex Trafficking Hoax


Fake rumors circulate social media warning that students knocking on doors selling educational products are part of a child abduction and human trafficking operation. Media & law enforcement across the country have stated the warnings are a web hoax. The students are in fact part of the Southwestern Advantage entrepreneurial program and carry their credentials. See the list of over 130 police and media statements here: 


BBBhttps://www.bbb.org/nashville/news-events/bbb-in-the-news/2017/08/bogus-human-trafficking-rumors-continue-to-create-panic/
Snopeshttp://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/booksellers.asp
Snopeshttp://m.snopes.com/2015/06/05/interview-for-trafficking/
Nashvillehttp://www.wsmv.com/clip/13661463/bbb-says-child-abduction-rumors-are-not-true
Daily Mailhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2413133/Rumors-Alaska-Russian-mobsters-kidnap-children-Estonian-salesmen-sell-books.html
Hoax Slayerhttp://www.hoax-slayer.com/russian-door-to-door-booksellers-false-warning.html
ALABAMAhttp://whnt.com/2013/09/04/police-facebook-rumors-about-russian-kidnapping-ring-not-true/
ALASKAhttp://www.frontiersman.com/for_the_record/crime_briefs/troopers-booksellers-are-not-child-abductors/article_3deeb504-1129-11e3-8866-0019bb2963f4.html
ARKANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/conwaypd/posts/10153347701599320
ARKANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=873918506018576&id=221829174560849
ARKANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/SWTimesRecord/posts/10151449505040882
ARKANSAShttp://www.swtimes.com/sections/news/fort-smith-police-door-door-saleswoman-not-sex-trafficker.html
ARKANSAShttp://thecabin.net/news/local/2013-08-26/door-door-salesmen-legitimate-fcso-says#.UhzC7GRxvr8
ARKANSAShttp://fcso.ar.gov/press_view.php?id=20&PHPSESSID=54a8527975c75a2cc8fc9dc74ff70c80
ARKANSAShttp://katv.com/archive/faulkner-county-sheriffs-department-responds-to-door-to-door-salesman-rumors
ARKANSAShttp://5newsonline.com/2013/08/29/sheriffs-office-sees-no-threat-in-exchange-students-selling-books/
ARKANSAShttp://5newsonline.com/2013/08/28/police-dispel-rumors-of-human-trafficking-in-the-area/
ARKANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/KNWAnews/posts/10151656356722336
ARKANSAShttps://www.ktbs.com/news/facebook-rumors-of-child-sex-trafficking-ring-not-true-authorities/article_6311a374-a15c-50d9-8ab6-11a42dfcbf99.html
ARIZONAhttp://archive.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/20130801gilbert-police-dismisses-facebook-post.html?nclick_check=1
ARIZONAhttp://www.azfamily.com/story/23032511/gilbert-police-say-no-truth-to-facebook-post-on-solicitors
CALIFORNIAhttps://www.facebook.com/BBBSanDiego/posts/900103100056074
CALIFORNIAhttp://www.dailydemocrat.com/breakingnews/ci_26165845/worries-about-russian-woman-selling-books-door-door
CALIFORNIAhttp://www.dailydemocrat.com/ourtown/ci_26222787/fear-and-rudeness-dont-speak-well-woodlands-reputation
CALIFORNIAhttp://www.chicoer.com/20130730/officials-rumor-on-facebook-of-child-trafficker-in-butte-county-is-unfounded
CALIFORNIAhttp://www.mantecabulletin.com/archives/84404/
CALIFORNIAhttps://www.facebook.com/EastCountyToday/posts/414052648717229?comment_id=2147713&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D
CALIFORNIAhttp://hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/crime/door-to-door-child-trafficking-claims-raise-concerns/article_52f2b89c-15bb-11e3-b3b1-001a4bcf887a.html
CANADAhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1644120345870650&set=a.1615872708695414.1073741835.100008181009103&type=1&theater
CANADAhttps://www.facebook.com/kennebecasisregionalpolice/posts/1002355973157561?fref=nf&pnref=story
FLORIDAhttps://www.facebook.com/BBBNEFLASEA/posts/879763155450865?comment_id=879859875441193
FLORIDAhttp://www.plantcityobserver.com/article/online-rumors-kidnapping-ring-unfounded
FLORIDAhttps://www.facebook.com/PlantCityObserver/posts/578102078920497
IDAHOhttps://www.facebook.com/BBBSnakeRiverRegion/posts/665285090149318
IDAHOhttps://snakeriverbbb.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/are-booksellers-in-your-neighborhood-to-steal-your-kids-urban-myth-or-truth/
ILLhttps://www.facebook.com/pontiacpolice/posts/1016561175064503
ILLhttp://patch.com/illinois/joliet/joliet-solicitors-are-not-coming-take-your-kids
ILLhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153573649858489&id=165981193488
ILLhttp://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/police-estonia-door-to-door-book-solicitors-legit/article_0c636674-4776-5e01-8073-b2ab1c5f2dc3.html
ILLhttp://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/postings-prompt-police-to-assure-public-about-sales-program/article_38c384ce-80c0-5b89-a5bc-3fedcbca795c.html
ILLhttp://www.wandtv.com/story/23129996/rumors-fuel-parents-concerns-over-door-to-door-booksellers
INDhttp://www.thebraziltimes.com/story/2215245.html
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1170335916317257&id=160788333938692
INDhttp://wibqam.com/news/articles/2015/jul/23/door-to-door-salesman-causes-concerns/
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/LindseyYatesWTHI/videos/vb.1467889930103464/1871936679698785/?type=2&theater
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/WTHITV/posts/10153398989736343
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/WTHITV/posts/10153412186571343
INDhttp://thepostandmail.com/content/police-stay-vigilant-not-alarmed
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=509602092466337&id=147698951989988
INDhttp://www.newhavenbulletin.com/?p=14684
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151610580935823&id=92957620822
INDhttps://southbendpolice.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/european-bookselling-kidnappers-hoax-comes-to-south-bend/
INDhttp://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/local_news/police-door-to-door-book-saleswoman-not-dangerous/article_e208e502-d574-52cd-ade2-d955fbd53045.html
INDhttps://local.nixle.com/alert/5055813/
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=34875345170&v=wall&story_fbid=10153268044795171
KANSAShttp://www.leaderandtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13060:area-salesman-falsely-accused-of-trafficking&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=40
KANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/cityoftopeka/posts/10151743354651236
KANSAShttps://twitter.com/Topeka_Police/status/370249295154270208
KANSAShttp://cjonline.com/news-local/2013-08-21/book-saleslady-not-stealing-kids-cops-say
KANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/TopekaCapitalJournal/posts/10153153618050541
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=955864444471448&id=841896169201610
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/Shelbycountycrimebusters/posts/1007024216014456
KYhttp://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Police-Booksellers-are-legitimate-178884.shtml
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/WKRCTV/posts/10153850439071992
KYhttp://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Facebook-post-is--320360541.html?ref=541
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/WKYTTV/photos/a.147898035765.124598.33684860765/10152933572945766/?type=1&theater
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1177664632250164&id=220596207957016
Minnhttp://www.winonadailynews.com/news/article_630229da-ff0d-11e2-a56d-0019bb2963f4.html
Minnhttps://www.facebook.com/winonadailynews/posts/10151628931858049
Minnhttps://patch.com/minnesota/invergroveheights/inver-grove-heights-police-facebook-reports-of-abduction-attempts-are-misleading
Minnhttp://www.grandrapidsmn.com/news/article_4e221f40-2d37-11e3-b1b4-0019bb2963f4.html
MISSOURIhttps://www.facebook.com/berniepolicedepartment/photos/a.727917137246672.1073741828.142313722473686/1509430175762027/?type=3&theater
MISSOURIhttps://www.facebook.com/kfvs12/photos/a.127263417601.105734.76229602601/10154939433597602/?type=3&theater
MISSOURIhttp://www.kfvs12.com/story/36101948/bernie-police-student-selling-childrens-books-not-part-of-a-russian-child-trafficking-scheme
MISSOURIhttps://www.facebook.com/KSPRNews/photos/a.70311950406.96946.68059960406/10153451942195407/?type=1&theater
MISSOURIhttp://fox4kc.com/2013/08/07/company-sets-the-record-straight-amid-kidnapping-rumors/
NEBRASKAhttp://nebraska.tv/archive/suspicious-door-to-door-sales-calls-reported
NMhttp://www.artesianews.com/755300/book-salesmen-raise-unfounded-human-trafficking-fears.html
NMhttps://www.facebook.com/artesianews/posts/10151792453040020
OHhttps://www.facebook.com/RussellvillePoliceDepartment/posts/1106636866076045
OHhttps://www.theodysseyonline.com/young-woman-falsely-accused-human-trafficking-while-selling-educational-books-children
OHhttp://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Police-Booksellers-are-legitimate-178884.shtml
OHhttp://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/northern-ky/2015/08/03/book-sellers-legit-say-police-northern-kentucky-bbb/31049027/
OHhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=184832288358998&id=147556702086557
OHhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=568284369897177&id=173884152670536
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/PryorPolice/posts/1657711594252566
OKLAHOMAhttp://www.newson6.com/story/22797670/online-claims-of-human-traffickers-going-door-to-door-in-ba-unfounded
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/NewsOn6/posts/10152587218887837
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/OBNDD/posts/378697885564621
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/OATHCoalition/posts/10151712011416858
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=490057934408199&id=102352536512076
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/EnidPolice/posts/577834035602350
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=515448015174920&id=221425524577172
OKLAHOMAhttp://kfor.com/2013/07/11/salesman-legitimate-amidst-human-trafficking-concerns/
OKLAHOMAhttp://www.kswo.com/story/22846968/lawton-police-book-solicitors-are-legitimate
OKLAHOMAhttp://www.news9.com/story/22707067/door-to-door-saleswoman-tied-to-human-trafficking-parents-say
PENNhttp://nycrpd.org/?p=8565
PENNhttp://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/07/no_validity_to_facebook_rumor.html
PENNhttp://fox43.com/2013/07/11/york-co-police-debunk-facebook-child-abduction-ring-rumors/#axzz2YmPExsas
PENNhttp://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/07/book_sellers_were_cause_of_rob.html
PENNhttp://www.lehighvalleylive.com/hunterdon-county/express-times/index.ssf/2013/07/holland_township_police_echo_s.html
PENNhttp://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/express-times/index.ssf/2013/07/nj_state_police_dispel_rumors.html
S Carolinahttp://www.kingstreenews.com/news/sheriff-s-office-verifies-company-as-legitimate/article_e8f6d064-732a-11e7-b374-db6fcb4bce10.html
S Carolinahttps://www.facebook.com/Williamsburgsheriff/posts/820657108103486
S Carolinahttp://www.foxcarolina.com/story/23152598/deputies-reports-of-door-to-door-kidnappers-unfounded
S Carolinahttp://www.aikenstandard.com/news/door-to-door-salesmen-concern-county-residents/article_bb8792f6-d564-5720-8b52-fc37f6b64bc6.html
S Carolinahttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=567362359&v=wall&story_fbid=10151823280262360
S Dakotahttp://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/police-verify-door-to-door-book-sales/article_ac53dd95-69de-5b26-a7d3-c3018b33ec03.html
S Dakotahttp://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/police-company-legit-in-door-to-door-book-sales
S Dakotahttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=297976200346064&id=118627508280935
TENNhttps://www.facebook.com/HamblenCountySheriffsOffice/photos/a.1406376826317454.1073741828.1399235890364881/1600107953611006/?type=1&theater
TENNhttps://www.facebook.com/BBBMidTN/posts/789428174512249
TXhttp://www.kiiitv.com/news/local/companie-reacts-to-sex-trafficking-hoax/464152984
TXhttp://www.kcentv.com/news/local/verify/verify-no-the-guy-selling-books-at-your-door-is-not-a-predator/463776568
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/kcentv/posts/10154625303601510
TXhttp://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Online-rumors--441046853.html
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/113294815466538/photos/a.122129424583077.17608.113294815466538/512507835545232/?type=1&permPage=1
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/LubbockPD/posts/10151557543862104
TXhttp://www.kcbd.com/story/22868341/kcbd-investigates-facebook-kidnapping-rumors?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer67e64&utm_medium=facebook
TXhttp://kfyo.com/lubbock-police-say-door-to-door-salesman-kidnapping-rumor-unfounded/
TXhttp://lubbockonline.com/crime-and-courts/2013-07-17/police-no-credibility-behind-kidnapping-scheme-reports#.UegCJmRxvr8
TXhttp://www.newswest9.com/story/23200415/midland-door-to-door-book-salesmen-trying-to-clear-their-names
TXhttp://www.mrt.com/news/article/Unfounded-rumors-follow-Baltic-book-salesmen-7449269.php
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/TheReporterTelegram/posts/10152134384463012
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=342385191132&v=wall&story_fbid=10151854227791133
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/CorpusChristiPD/photos/?tab=album&album_id=657856937572991
TXhttp://www.kiiitv.com/news/ccpd-says-estonian-solicitors-legal-not-dangerous/274042391
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=194613727223447&v=wall&story_fbid=655925357758946
TXhttps://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2013/sep/03/doortodoorsales_jrp_090413_218800/
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/VictoriaAdvocate/posts/10153157627540134
Utahhttps://www.facebook.com/UtahValleyDailyHerald/posts/10151589738324366
Utahhttp://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/utah-co-police-respond-to-facebook-furor-over-saleswoman/article_58bf54ec-c3de-5e09-ab3f-d82c9d96e9b0.html
Utahhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=641965542481973&id=212822542062944
Washington http://keprtv.com/news/local/solicitors-were-raising-money-for-college--learning-english-11-14-2015

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