Young Mom Posts Blurry Photo Of Perceived Abductor
ShareTap Staff 8/8/2017
Our parents and grandparents might agree that the world today seems much less safe than in their days when kids were allowed to freely play outside unsupervised. While this might be true in other parts of the world, one thing we can all be glad about is social media and technology, which help with warning people in the community of possible dangers, quickly and efficiently.
Take for instance the story of Haley Oscar from Kenosha, Wisconsin who was alone, sunbathing and relaxing by the lake, when she noticed a strange man loitering around and staring in her direction.
Commonsense told her to be careful and avoid him, but still she couldn't keep him from approaching her.
Haley remembers that at first the man, who appeared to be in his 40s, tried to start an innocent conversation about her tattoos, but then the questions quickly became weird and creepy - sending chills down her spine.
She recalls him asking:
"Do you have any friends?
Do you have a lot of people who care about you?
If you have friends, where are they?
Do you have good credit? What is your credit?
How far of a walk is it from here to where you live?
What high school do you go to?
You have a kid so you're obviously sexually active, do you enjoy pain like that tattoo?"
Haley tried telling the man to leave her alone and that she was studying, but that hardly deterred him from bothering her and getting close to where she was laying:
"I obviously didn't answer these questions, I ignored him and kept asking him to leave me alone. I was terrified to stand up and go to my car..."
Standing up to try and walk away from him would have made her an easy target to be grabbed, and even if she made it to her car to drive off, there was a good chance that he would follow her and find out exactly where she was living. The situation was turning out to be a catch-22 for sure!
After trying in vain for 40-minutes to shake off this stranger, Haley decided to do the next best thing and texted several of her friends, pleading them to come to where she was.
One such friend, Mandi Fuentes, called Haley immediately telling her she was on her way. Apparently, just the phone call was sufficient to drive the man away who obviously didn't want any other company.
Haley immediately used her Facebook account to post a blurry picture of this man, who in her opinion seemed like a sex-trafficker, along with a warning to all the ladies in the area to watch out and be careful. The post was shared over 10,000 times and needless to say, even put the incident on the police's radar.
According to the Kenosha Police Department, Haley's was only one of several such incidents reported in the area. The Police Department also relied on Facebook to make sure women knew what to do in such situations:
"In some instances, there were odd or aggressive comments made, but in most cases, there were no physical actions taken by the males. I urge the public to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings and avoid isolated locations if possible. Another method to increase your safety, if approached, is to enter a business or approach other pedestrians as there is safety in numbers. It is wise to carry a cell phone if you have one, and to use it if you can. Even the appearance of making a call can deter some of these incidents..."
The next day, two more incidents involving men following school age girls was reported to Kenosha police. While the girls managed to get away without harm, the police are actively searching and warning the community to stay vigilant; a good reminder no matter where you happen to live!