Friday, July 26, 2019
KCPD: ROBBERY ON COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA MORE LIKELY THAN SOCIAL MEDIA FAKE NEWS SEX TRAFFICKING FEAR!!!
Kansas City fake news sex trafficking messages started circulating via FB & Twitter earlier this week . . . A couple of rumors were sent our way and dutifully ignored.
One of the 3 major KC reddit groups is claiming a "win" for spreading this rumor despite the fact their forum is mostly dedicated to debating Arby's, posting stolen photos and sh*tty local bands trying to get attention . . .
And so . . .
KCPD WAS FORCED TO FACT CHECK FAKE NEWS SOCIAL MEDIA RUMORS ABOUT KIDNAPPING ON THE PLAZA!!!
Here's the narrative . . .
"We have been notified of online rumors regarding women being followed by men on the Plaza, fearing they are being targeted for sex trafficking. We have received no reports of this activity; there have been no reported abductions, and our Vice Unit has no indication about any such "sex trafficking group." Plaza Security also told us they have had no such reported incidents. We also checked with the FBI. They have so such reports, either.
"Please keep in mind that thefts are statistically a much more likely reason to be targeted. When you're out: be aware! keep your eyes and ears open rather than on a phone and always be looking around you. Any time you feel unsafe, please call us! Emergency:911, Non-Emergency: 234-5111."
To be fair, there are a few people who insist this crime is very real and women should be careful -- In and of itself, there's nothing wrong with women staying on guard. Then again, last Summer there was a guy walking around the Plaza with a Samurai sword. Security constantly had to keep watch of him but because he was a hobo . . . The story was just another low-key slice of life in Kansas City.
You decide . . .