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Canton police dispel human trafficking social media post

Posted at 5:15 PM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 17:15:44-04

Canton police are dispelling false allegations of human trafficking in Canton.

A Facebook post about an attempted abduction of a mother and her child at the Target parking lot in Canton made its way on social media -- but police say the post is false.

"There's no merit to the complaint,” said Canton Police Sgt. Dan Traylor.  “Target was able to provide us with very good video of the incident. We are confident these allegations are false."

The person behind the post wrote that two to three vehicles and three to four abductors approached her in the parking lot of the store on Michigan Ave.

Police contacted Target right away -- and with the help of their surveillance cameras -- they found nothing.

"From the video, there appears to be normal traffic passing by," said Traylor. "Again, we did not find anything in our investigation that would lead anyone to believe that anyone was being abducted or touched in a physical way."

Authorities have talked with the man behind the post - but they cannot comment on what he told them.

Canton police say this incident is a reminder to always keep your eyes and ears open.

"This is going to allow us the opportunity, shopping season is right around the corner, this is a good time to be out there and be aware of your surroundings."

The post has since been deleted.