A mum shared her horrific experiences of how her children were nearly kidnapped while shopping in IKEA.
Diandra Toyos, was sofa shopping in the furniture store in Southern California with her three children, when she had an extremely disturbing encounter.
The mum-of-three kids, aged four, one and seven weeks was enjoying trying out sofas, when she realised a ‘well-dressed man’ was spying on her kids.
She posted to Facebook:
At one point he came right up to me and the boys, and instinctively I put myself between he and my mobile son. I had a bad feeling.
He continued to circle the area, staring at the kids.
He occasionally picked something up, pretending to look at it but looking right over at us instead. My mom noticed as well and mentioned that we needed to keep an eye on him.
We moved on… and so did he. Closely. My son wandered into one of the little display rooms across from the couches and I followed him closely with my baby strapped to me.
My mom said she watched as the older man dropped what he was doing and quickly and closely followed us into the area.
If that wasn’t creepy enough, they noticed another ‘man in his twenties,’ prowling around them too.
Freaked out by the whole unnerving incident, Diandra described how she had a bad ‘gut feeling,’ about the guys and decided to remain in the shop until the strange men had left.
We sat in one of the little display rooms. For close to 30 minutes. And they sat too.
They sat down on one of the couches on the display floor that faced us. That was when we knew our gut feeling was right and something was off.
They sat the whole time we sat and stood up right as we got up.
Thankfully, the family shook the men off by chatting to an employee and hiding in the toilet.
Horrified by what could have happened to her kids, Diandra urged other families to keep a watchful eye on their children while out to prevent them from being snatched.
I am almost sure that we were the targets of human trafficking. This is happening all over. Including the United States.
It’s in our backyards. I’m reading more and more about these experiences and it’s terrifying. If not that, something else shady was obviously going on. Either way, as parents, we NEED to be aware.
Please PLEASE be aware when you’re out with your children. It’s not the time to be texting or facebooking or chatting on the phone. When you’re in a public place with your kids, please be aware and present so that you don’t become a victim.
Had I not been paying attention that day… or had I let my kids roam and play while I checked my phone… I may have lost one. The thought just makes me completely ill. (Especially because I’ve been guilty of this!)
This is a seriously scary thought.
Terrifying to think how close Diandra could have come to losing one of her kids to traffickers. It’s certainly an eye-opener…