Frisco police said there is no evidence to support a viral social media post falsely claiming that Stonebriar Centre is the No. 1 mall in the U.S. for sex trafficking.
According to the post, a scheme at the Frisco mall involves a scared senior citizen asking a teenager for help finding her car.
“Once the teen boy or girl is in the parking lot, a van pulls up and three grown men shove them inside. There is no way to fight them,” the post reads.
Lt. Mike Crawford said the police department takes all widespread rumors related to sex-trafficking seriously.
“I can tell you we are diligent about pursuing rumors along those lines to ensure there is no validity to them, because we take sex trafficking very seriously and want to prevent the victimization of anyone that could be involved,” he said.
He said this isn’t the first time Frisco businesses have been the subject of sex-trafficking rumors. In 2016, similar rumors were made about the mall, as well as local Walmart and Target stores.
According to fact-checking website Snopes.com, one version of the rumors read: “There has been a serial kidnapping at Walmarts and Targets in Collin County. These people are taking pictures of your kids and then having a vehicle pull up and kidnap them, then send them to another country.”
Crawford said there is no evidence that these or the recent rumors are valid and could not recall any trafficking crimes taking place at Stonebriar in previous years.
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