A Longview, Texas, mother's Facebook rant about an alleged child trafficking scam that was narrowly avoided went viral.
The mother, Amanda Cropsey Florczykowski, posted about the alleged incident in a status that garnered more than 139,000 shares. It reportedly occurred while she was in the check-out line at a store.
Florczykowski's Feb. 19 post reads:
"I got in the check-out line at a local store early 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 was understanding of what I assumed was a cultural barrier, but I quickly became uncomfortable with the woman's body language and close proximity to my cart/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."
Florczykowski said what she experienced was eerily similar to other incidents she read about while researching sex trafficking. She reported the incident to Longview Police, who said the incident was "inconsistent" with genuine reports of trafficking. They referred to it as an "isolated" incident.
"We would like to encourage parents to be vigilant when it comes to your child’s safety," The police department's statement said. "Be watchful over the contact they have with others. Teach your children about appropriate relationships and to avoid strangers. In addition we would like to remind citizens to report any suspicious activity immediately."