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Social media posts cause concern over human trafficking in Baraboo

Credit: WISC
Published on January 22, 2019 -

Social media posts cause concern over human trafficking in Baraboo

The Baraboo Police Department is urging the community to be aware of their surroundings after multiple women took to Facebook to tell their stories of being followed while shopping at Walmart.

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Social media posts cause concern over human trafficking in Baraboo

Baraboo police urge the community to be aware of their surroundings after multiple women took to facebook...to tell their stories of being followed while shopping.

Police want people to understand what human trafficking is... and where it usually happens.

Amanda quintana has the story.

((("25:30 everytime i turned to go a different way he would kind of walk past me or you know, he was just kind of constantly there 36""))) a baraboo woman who says she was followed in walmart sunday morning.

Is now scared to show her face out of fear that someone could come after her or her kids.

((("26:41 it was scary"))) still - she wants other women, especially moms, to be aware.

((("30:18 when i talked to the people at walmart and reported it there, she said they had had multiple complaints of pple being followed in the store this weekend 25"))) she is the first to report this type of incident to police, but not the first to share her experience on social media - a facebook post claiming two well-dressed men in their 30s or 40s were following another woman around walmart last week, got so much attention, baraboo police put out their own message.

((("13:07 we know those things are happening, it's our job as the police to investigate them, but it's everybody's job as a society to realize that these bad things happen, and to make sure that people are paying attention and doing things to reduce their vulnerability 13:22""))) chief mark schauf says he's glad people are being aware of their surroundings, but police need to know about it.

And he also wants people to know human trafficking rarely happens in public like this - instead staying mostly online now.

((("8:57 so many businesses have cameras, both in their buldings and in their parking lots, the bad guys don't want to be filmed.

So they're not going to go there to look when they can fish online very anonymously 9:08"))) he says cases like the kidnapping of jayme closs have created a real fear in parents ... ((("12:05 as tragic and as scary as the entire thing in barron county is, it's really an anomoly in a lot of ways.

To have no real connection and have that abduction is very very odd.

12:19"))) for moms, that fear will always be real.

((( , " 29:54 you just never know, people now adays it is terrifyign to have kids right now and to worry about them constantly 30:02 "))) amanda quintana.

Wisc news 3.

As for human trafficking... chief schauf says it's not something the department deals with everyday, but he'd be a fool to say it wasn't

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