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The Mom Who Was Terrified of Becoming Sex-Trafficked at Target

By Lenore Skenazy, Reason

When I opened my Yahoo! News page today, I found a list of stories including this one: “Mom Issues Terrifying Warning After Being ‘Hunted’ at Target: ‘I Will Never Forget.'”

Many readers will never forget, either—and that is the problem. There is not a single shred of evidence that this woman was hunted by anything more than her imagination or desire for clicks.

The mom—whose real name was not provided—left the house “with several legal self-defense items, parked directly next to the store and took note of the vehicles parked nearby.”

That sounds like someone pretty ready to see an ordinary Target run as quite possibly her last. And sure enough: “I had been browsing for only 10 to 15 minutes when I noticed a young gentleman,” wrote the mom. “He was tall, skinny, dressed in a dirty grey two-piece sweatsuit, and brown work boots. He looked over at me, I smiled and said hello but his facial expression was blank.”

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