A woman avoided being kidnapped by human traffickers by recognizing one of their scams.
Sony Nguyen was getting into her car in a mall parking lot in Appleton, Wisconsin, when an SUV with tinted windows pulled up next to her, according to Distractify. Nguyen thought that was odd, because there were plenty of available parking spaces nearby. That was when she noticed the "gift" on her windshield.
A ring with a note was placed under her windshield wiper. Apparently, the piece of jewelry is meant to lure an unsuspecting female out of her car, at which point she will be kidnapped and trafficked into forced prostitution.
Nguyen posted the following on her Facebook page:
*****EVERYBODY PLEASE READ THIS!!!! THIS IS SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND SCARY. My mom was in Appleton at the mall, and parked at Macy's. She was alone and looking at her phone as she was leaving the building and approaching her car. Right after she got in, still looking at her phone, she noticed a large white SUV with tinted windows pull into the spot next to her. She always habitually locks her door as soon as she gets in the car (thankfully). She said she felt a little uneasy because there were so many other empty parking spaces, but they pulled up right next to her car immediately after she got in, so she decided to drive away. On her way home, she could hear something tapping against her windshield, but she didn't want to stop. When she got home and out of the car, she found this under her windshield wiper.
This is exactly how human trafficking and abductions take place. They probably watched her get out of her car and placed it on her window, and waited for her to come back. Who knows what would have happened if my mom had gotten out of her car to see what was under her windshield while she was still in the parking lot. Of course a person would be curious and want to read the writing on the bag, but in the two seconds it takes you to grab the bag from under the windshield to read what is on there, it might already be too late. Bad things can happen in the blink of an eye.
I STRONGLY urge everyone to tell your loved ones about this scenario, whether it be your daughter, son, sister, brother, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, or friends - and/or share this post and get the word out. This happened in broad daylight to my own mom (a forty something year old mother of four) in Appleton, WI, and could happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Human trafficking and kidnapping is real, and not a topic to be taken lightly. You don't think it will happen to you until it does. I stop by the mall by myself all of the time. After this situation, I would not recommend anybody go there by themselves, or go anywhere by themselves for that matter. Especially teenage girls. ALWAYS try to travel in groups, and ALWAYS stay alert in parking lots or public places, especially at night. Don't look at your phone when you're walking to your car, and if you don't have pepper spray, hold your hand in a fist with your keys between your fingers, perpendicular to your bones, until you get into your vehicle. It is so easy for predators to lure or target young women who are alone. So be smart, stay alert, and make it a priority to learn to defend yourself physically. Some people's instincts and reactions don't kick in until after the few seconds it takes for someone to sneak up and grab you from behind, and god forbid it be too late to save yourself. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!!
The post has since gone viral, with many people sharing to their news feeds. One user wrote, "This is too much. It is a scary world out there, please everyone read this and watch out."
Another added, "If it's too good to be true… chances are it's not! Leave that crap on the windshield."
The incident is under investigation.