Se- trafficking is a serious and widespread problem affecting individuals of all genders, ages, and backgrounds worldwide. It is a human rights violation that causes immense physical and mental harm to victims, and it is critical that action be taken to combat it. Fighting this issue requires a multifaceted approach, but the most important things are raising awareness of the issue, identifying and helping victims, and holding traffickers accountable.
In a viral post, one concerned mom is aiming to raise awareness about the dangers of se- trafficking that could be lurking in your own neighborhood. The near abduction that she experienced with her toddler in a local store exemplifies how these scams are often happening in the most unsuspecting places.
Her post reads:
“My name is Amanda. I’m convinced that our two-year-old daughter was the victim of a potential se- trafficking scam yesterday.
I got in the check-out line at a local store early in the afternoon. I took my daughter out of the cart, and the couple ahead struck up the typical conversation about how “cute your daughter is” and then asked about her age, repeatedly. I initially understood what I assumed was a cultural barrier, but I quickly became uncomfortable with the woman’s body language and close proximity to my cart and kids. I picked my daughter up only to have the woman ask if she could hold her. The woman was so close at this point that my toddler reached her arms around the woman before I could really respond. In an instant, her proximity finally changed, and she backed away. I grabbed back on to my daughter as the woman was saying, “Say bye to mommy”—what an unusual comment to provoke a child to say. The woman resisted returning her when I physically pulled my daughter from her arms.
Their conversation began immediately with me, and this all took place over only a few moments. After this couple left, I was really shaken up but still noticed the man a few feet away in my peripheral vision, continuing to stand by himself, with no groceries, in a closed check-out lane. He faced the opposite direction, but was looking over his shoulder at me; to say he was glaring would be an understatement. His eyes did not leave my every move, and I confidently matched his stare to show I was aware of his presence. I loudly conversed with the cashier about their security staff and the odd couple that seemed predatory.
I’m thankful to Jesus that He alone protected us! I was able to get out and get home safely with my family.
The thought of what could have happened is sickening. I’m just like you; a mom, and I hope my experience helps you to be, not fearful, but cautious!”
Please SHARE this with your friends to help raise awareness about this critical issue that is taking place right in front of our eyes. Together, we can end it.
This story was written by Amanda and originally appeared on her social media account.