Oklahoma Mother Writes About Experience With Human Trafficking And It Goes Viral

Amanda Kalidy is an Oklahoma mother whose Facebook post has gone viral--it also prompted a discussion of the possibility of children being kidnapped and forced into human trafficking.

Amanda Kalidy had an odd experience at a Target store in Edmond, Oklahoma. She said a young child reportedly tried to lure her daughter away. Kalidy remembered, "There was this little girl that was following us, and she kept asking my daughter for candy. I was asking her where her mom was."

The child would not answer Kalidy's questions, but kept trying to get her daughter's attention. She then offered her some gum. Kalidy reportedly noticed there was a “strange” man who appeared to be giving the girl instructions. Kalidy went to notify a manager at the store, but the child and man had “bolted and got into a van."

Kalidy's post went on, “The manager told me they target Target because moms during the day with their kids, and many times moms turn their backs when loading the car and they can grab them from shopping carts."

Michael Snowden of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Human Trafficking Division told KFOR, "Human trafficking is a reality in Oklahoma." Snowden continued, "We don't generally see people snatching children from their parents or women being abducted from a retail store of some sort. Human trafficking is much more subtle than that."

He said most victims are pressured over a period of time by someone they personally know or met through the Internet.

Snowden added, "We would never belittle someone's fear, okay, but diversion is really a frequent tactic when I'm trying to steal your purse, get your car keys." Kalidy stated on Facebook that she did not have her purse with her. She disagrees that kidnapping is rare, and said there's a local help group in her town for those who have been forced into trafficking.

Kalidy continued, "I will proudly be a helicopter mom...makes me cry to think of what could have happened."

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