trafficking

Virginia Beach nonprofit holding a virtual ‘race’ to raise awareness about human trafficking

The Virginia Beach nonprofit group EnJEWEL is holding a “virtual” walk/run Saturday through Wednesday to promote the United Nation’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Thursday.

EnJEWEL, which stands for Equality and Justice for Every Woman Every Land, started more than a decade ago to raise awareness about human trafficking, which includes sex slaves, forced labor on farms and in sweatshops.

With the virtual fundraiser, participants can register at enjewel.org and receive a printable runner’s bib via email. Registration is $30.

Participants need to log 5 kilometers through walking, running (including on a treadmill) and have a witness sign the bib stating that they completed the goal. They will upload a photo or video of the bib to EnJEWEL’s Facebook page. Those who complete the 5K will receive a T-shirt and baller or runner’s wrist band.

People are also asked to record themselves in short videos stating why they

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Home goods retailer Wayfair is not involved in child sex trafficking

The claim: Expensive products on Wayfair are coded listings for missing children being sold in a human-trafficking scheme

The internet has been gripped with a conspiracy theory this month as thousands of viral posts allege that online furniture firm Wayfair is involved in a child sex-trafficking operation.

“So wayfair has third party vendors that are HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING on their website,” various social media posts have alleged. “There are items like throw pillows, cabinets etc. priced at 10-20,000 dollars and named after missing girls. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!”

Posts point to the high prices of items like pillows and dressers as evidence that the products are secretly fronts for child trafficking. Theorists further note the names of some of the dressers, which are allegedly the same children who have gone missing over the past few years.

Some users also allege similar activities occur on other e-commerce sites like Amazon, Etsy

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How an Arizona couple helped fuel a Wayfair sex trafficking conspiracy theory

A screencap from Maddie and Justin Thompson's 40-minute Instagram Live video posted on July 10. The couple reveals that they bought a desk that cost at least $17,000 from Wayfair to see whether they would receive "grooming calls" from the company amid a viral conspiracy theory that the website is used to traffic children.
A screencap from Maddie and Justin Thompson’s 40-minute Instagram Live video posted on July 10. The couple reveals that they bought a desk that cost at least $17,000 from Wayfair to see whether they would receive “grooming calls” from the company amid a viral conspiracy theory that the website is used to traffic children.

PHOENIX — Last weekend, an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that online furnishings retailer Wayfair is trafficking children through listings of products with inflated prices and human names erupted on social media.

An Arizona couple helped fuel the rumor by posting on Instagram that they had purchased a $17,000 desk from Wayfair and would share their experience with their followers.

The theory that pillows and cabinets being sold at wayfair.com for thousands of dollars is somehow evidence of a child trafficking scheme has been debunked by independent fact-checking publication Snopes. It gained traction through a July 9 Reddit

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