On Sunday, February 13, 2017, my coworker's two daughters were in Barnes and Nobel in the Deerbrook Mall. The daughters are 21 and 17 years old. They were on opposite sides of the store. Each were approached by two different nicely dressed women. One was black and the other was either white or hispanic.
Each woman would start a friendly conversation and complementing each of them on a physical feature (nails, clothes, etc...). The strangers kept asking questions like "are you from around here?" One of the strangers then touched a daughter's hand. That daughter then pulled out her phone to call her sister on the other side of the store. The stranger immediately left.
Again, what makes this odd is that it happened to both girls, on opposite sides of the store, by two different strangers.
I could not just sit on this info. I have never posted on this website but I felt an obligation to do so. Please talk to your children!
I was in the mall yesterday, and saw that there was some modeling agency with a table set up in front of Dick's Sporting Goods. If I remember right, there were three women, one black, one white, and one hispanic at the table when we walked by. The table had a banner on it for some agency that started with a B.
Not saying it was them, but, seems to fit what I saw there.
Thank you a4351029uu for posting that message. That was a very good observation on your part and I will talk with my granddaughter about this. In this day and time one cannot be too careful. Fact is that there is a lot of kidnapping going on and the girls are put into sex trafficking. Its so sad.
All women are targets. They write articles about how to shop not wearing flashy jewelry, hair in a ponytail, and parking under a light/not between to large vehicles, just to keep us safe. But the Big Guys know how to get around all that and a target is a target. Best to talk to your wives and daughters on how to be aware and to keep themselves safe. Even to the point of asking for an escort to their car, a service that is hardly requested.
For those of you who must scoff at the notion that nothing bad can ever happen, I hope that your life is such. For the rest of us who live in the real world who have had friends of ours experience being kidnapped, I only post for people to be mindful of what creeps are out there. I hope none of you are ever a victim of such a terrible thing. Fuzz - it's not have a dystopian mindset, it's being a responsible human.
Talent scouts present info first prior to touching and asking personal questions. These girls have been approached by scouts in the past. Fuzz - please don't judge my mindset by my description of one incident. You don't know me or my coworker nor do you know how they felt at the moment when this was happening. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!
I recall hearing from my daughter when she was in high school and heard a presentation in a social action class (I think) that human trafficking is a huge problem in this area. Those looking for girls, usually around 15 years old, hang out at the mall. They'll approach a girl and compliment her on her hair or clothing or whatever. If, for example, they say, "Your hair is beautiful" and the girl responds along these lines "Really? You think so? Or, "I don't know about that?" they pursue that girl. If the girl says "Thank you" or nothing they usually drop pursuit of her. I think it had to do with perceiving vulnerability/lack of self confidence in the first girl. This was several years ago and I wish I had firm facts to back it up, I just remember her telling me about all the sex traffickers in this area.
I have a special set of skills I developed over a long career ......
Seriously - yes it is very important that we make our daughters aware that there are very bad people out there. Many of them looking to cause them harm. They need to be aware of their surroundings, their interactions with strangers, and where they really should not be.
But that does have to be balanced by not making them overly afraid, or overly suspicious.
No magic wand - just being a parent who is active in their life.
" Yeah, well, we are talking generations of being douchbags. It's hard to get any man to change about anything. It is almost biologically impossible I think it's called "Testosterone". "
Women ARE the main targets for abduction, rape and trafficing.
When I was living in Northern CA many years ago, I was shopping at a KMart in the middle of the afternoon when the store manager approached me. He said, can you come with me, please?? I was shocked and thought they were going to accuse me of stealing or something. When we got to his office, he said another shopper over heard 2 men discuss abducting me when I left the store. Apparantly, they were going to throw me into the back of a van and drive off, in midday. I stayed in the office and store security tried to follow them but they left. They broke no law anyway at that point and there wasn't much that could be done. But, I got away alive bc someone cared enough to. Say something.
I learned being aware of your surroundings is a priority. I am now, bc of that. We need to all be prepared of what to do in an instant for ourselves or someone else.
I believe it. I was about 15 years old (about 15 years ago) when a woman in her mid 20's to 30's approached me in Deerbrook Mall in a similar manner. She kept trying to buy me things which raised some big red flags to me. She left quickly after I pretended like someone nearby was my friend. To worry about things like this doesn't make you paranoid, it makes you aware and cautious.