Police: No, there are no reports of human trafficking at mall despite viral posts

Columbus Police cruiser file photo (WSYX/WTTE)

The social media posts are spreading quickly, with people warning each other, especially young women, about supposed kidnapping attempts at an area mall that are a part of human trafficking. The problem: Police say it's all just a social media rumor.

While there are different versions of the post, the latest all seem to reference parking lot areas near big stores at Easton Town Center. The posts claim they'v been told about multiple kidnapping attempts of young women and that people should share and warn their friends and family. Police say there are zero reports of that happening.

It's the latest round of social media rumors about trafficking at Columbus-area malls that police have had to address. After viral posts about potential human traffickers looking for victims at malls, police put up their own post in late October saying "facts matter" and asking them to share the factual information instead of spreading the rumors.

If you are a victim of a crime, you should call 911 or contact Columbus Police to file a report.

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