(Nick Carlton, Facebook)

Facebook Post Spreads False Story about South County Sex Trafficking

August 03, 2018 - 7:55 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - In another example of social media gone awry, St. Louis County Police are battling back against a Facebook allegation they say is false, yet was shared 4000 times in 9 hours.

The Facebook post, shared by Nick Carlton, relays a story of attempted sex trafficking at South County Mall. It doesn't say when it happened, but it tells the story of five people eating at the mall's food court. One of them went to the bathroom and was in there for a while.  When the group went to check on her, they found "some random black lady sitting with her."

They allege the woman stuck their friend with a needle and made her pass out, they also allege police told them when they arrived it was probably a sex trafficking scheme.

Police spokesman Ben Granda, however, says there are no calls for service even close to this within the past month, and the unit that handles these crimes wasn't aware of it either.

The original creator of the post is not identified.