Do you like to take your children shopping with you? Most people do and think bringing their children to the store is a safe activity. This is not always the case and that’s why one mother wants to share her experience with you.
Amanda Kalidy was with her daughter Jenna at Target one day when a little girl started bothering her daughter. At first, Amanda did not think much of it, but as it turned out, this little girl was a lot more dangerous than she imagined.
Amanda explained the incident on her Facebook page:
“I have to post this as a reminder to all moms. I was at Target when a girl [who was] about nine years old kept approaching my daughter. I didn’t think much at first. But she was pretty persistent, so I got irritated and told her that my daughter didn’t want any candy and we kept walking.
She got upset with me and as I went to check out she came up again trying to get Jenna to take some gum. I looked over and a man was across the store signaling to her. I told the cashier and he called the manager, which then they both bolted and got into a van.”
It appeared that the man was attempting to use the little girl as bait to lure Jenna into a trap and kidnap her. Fortunately, Amanda was quick enough to react and put a stop to their heinous plan.
Amanda believed that she should’ve recognized the danger immediately after the little girl first started bothering Jenna. Amanda wanted to warn other parents on her Facebook page. She said you need to be extremely wary when taking your children out in public places that might seem safe.
“If I had known what was happening at the time, I could have grabbed the girl and saved her! Point being, they wanted to take my daughter! She’s four!
The manager told me that [human traffickers] target places like Target because moms are there during the day with their kids, and many times moms turn their backs when loading the cart. That’s when they can grab them from shopping carts.
Please be careful and always watch your kids!”
Amanda could never forgive herself if she let anything happen to her daughter Jenna.
Amanda was fortunate that nothing terrible happened, that does not mean she will be as fortunate if it ever happened again.
“It’s very scary, and you have to stay alert.”
Law enforcement officials agree with Amanda. Michael Snowden of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Human Trafficking Division said that criminals will use any method they can in order to trick unsuspecting parents. He suggests parents always stay aware in public areas.
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