We we go on road trips with our children we usually have our radars up for anything that may look suspicious on the road. Rest stops are usually a safe place to take a break and use the restroom as there are typically other people around. But that does not mean your kids are safe from predators.
A Mom who was driving from Ohio to Indiana with her daughter is giving out a warning to parents after someone made an attempt to take her daughter at a rest stop. A woman who appeared to be on drugs tried to talk to them while they were outside, but they continued into the restroom. While in the stall, she heard the woman enter with another one, mentioning “the little girl.”
The mom and daughter rushed out of the bathroom and went straight into the car to safety. Then the mom saw three men standing next to a minivan with all the doors open.
She wants to share this experience with others so you will know what suspicious behavior to look for to protect yourself and your family.
“PSA: so we are driving home from Cincinnati and got off at a rest stop for a quick bathroom break. Just my daughter and I went inside (i didn’t have my phone or purse on me). As we were walking in some lady who appeared to be on something, was trying to talk to my daughter, I held her hand the entire way in and walked swiftly ahead. As the lady was trying to talk to us she was also lighting a cigarette which she immediately extinguished upon us entering building.
We went to far end handicap stall and went in together. I heard the lady enter and she was talking to another lady about us heard her say “the little girl”, I told my daughter we weren’t washing hands and I was going to carry her out. As we leave I passed both women and the one that I originally saw had changed clothes and started to leave after us leaving her bag on the floor of the stall she was in.
The other lady with her was probably 6’. I then made a dead sprint to the car, threw my daughter in and locked doors. Once we were safely in car I noticed 3 men standing in front of a gold minivan with all the doors open…We called 911 and reported it and I have this terrible feeling that had I not been aware of my surroundings my daughter may have been taken from me.
It is a terrifying world we are living in I wanted to share to try to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings, hold on to your children and stay off your phones so you are not distracted!!!
This was at a rest stop around mile marker 151 (Batesville) heading west on I -74″
Human trafficking is a scary thing and it’s a real threat we all need to be aware of. No matter where you are in the United states you need to be on your toes. Children make up a quarter of the victims of this crime while 75% are women and girls.
The original post has been shared over 80 thousand times on Facebook. Let’s make sure parents everywhere know about this.