Police respond to reports of stalking, harassment, human trafficking attempts
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department and the Columbia Police Department issued a joint statement Wednesday calling recent rumors of attempted human trafficking "unsubstantiated."
On Sunday, a Twitter thread about a student's possible experience of attempted trafficking in Missouri went viral, and around the same time other posts emerged reporting instances of stalking, harassment and attempted trafficking.
In response, both MU Police and Columbia Police say they have received no reports of human trafficking attempts in the Columbia area.
The CPD did say there was a report made involving two students who felt they were being followed by a white truck on separate days. They determined the first day was a misunderstanding, and the second day the student was not approached by anyone and there was no description of the driver.
Police said if anyone feels threatened, they should move to a safe location and notify law enforcement. But, CPD and MUPD said students should be careful when sharing and receiving information on social media if they don't know that information to be true.
"We all share a responsibility not to spread rumors and unverified information through our social networks," the statement said.