Holyoke PD: Facebook warning about sex trafficking at mall is a hoax

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – You may have seen a post on Facebook warning women about becoming victims of sex trafficking at the mall. Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert told 22News it’s a hoax.

The post is a screenshot of a text message that reads:

“Just a heads up. Co-workers uncle is a Holyoke cop. He said don’t go to the Holyoke malls alone or use bathrooms in mall alone. People are stabbing young girls with needles and taking them for sex trafficking. Just be careful with the holidays coming up……”

Lt. Albert said Holyoke police detectives investigated the claims and confirmed they were untrue.

“Seen it multiple times over the years –modified to fit a certain municipality. This is a hoax threat,” Albert said.

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