Recent Viral Social Media Post Warning of Sex Trafficking is a Hoax


In November, Cornelius King posted images of a person in the middle of the road to his Facebook, along with a warning of a new sex trafficking ploy. The post read:

“Sex trafficking is real. These people lay in the middle of the road and act like their car broke down or play hurt for you to stop. If y’all see anything like this, don’t hesitate to run their ass over.”

The post garnered a lot of attention from the public; it has now been shared 28,000 times and has over 2,600 comments.

Both the Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have since spoken out to deny that the described practice is tied to sex trafficking.

“There have been no reports related to this incident or any credible information causing us to believe the incident is real at this time,” said Crystal Clark, a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. Similarly Jamel Laneè, a Tampa Police Department spokesperson, said, “No such incident took place in Tampa.”

King did not respond to a request for comment from the Tampa Bay Times, and has removed the original post from Facebook.

For more on this story and a number of other human sex trafficking stories making news across Tampa Bay, check out the podcast below.

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Women and Children in Tampa Bay Are Being Branded and Sold for Sex

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