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Stranger danger? Police advise reaching out to them first, then Facebook

Posted at 6:42 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 19:47:11-04

Over the last several months, women in the metro say they've been pursued for sex trafficking in parking lots such as this, but police say that they're often targeted for other reasons.

A recent incident occurred in a Target parking lot in Papillion, where a woman believed she was being approached for sex trafficking. She then went on social media to warn others about her experience.

Papillion Police caught wind of the incident, investigated, and found that it was not sex trafficking but instead a pyramid scheme.

Deputy Police Chief Chris Whitted asks that in the future, women give authorities a call before posting about it on social media. 

"Sometimes things are taken out of context or misconstrued by the person and then when we sometimes go to social media to post this, it can sometimes create a panic that doesn't need to be," he said.

Police also say that women should be cognizant of the threat or sex trafficking, and to always be aware of their surroundings.

Whitted also said that he can't stop women from going on social media and talking about these incidents, he emphasized that he just wants them to contact law enforcement beforehand.