Social media can be very informative. It can also be misleading and downright false.
The Franklin Police Department posted on their Facebook page earlier today, with the emphasis mine:
The Franklin Police Department is aware of a social media post regarding Target on South Lovers Lane Road at West Drexel Avenue, which has gone viral. The post states that a woman believed that she was being targeted for sex trafficking while shopping at the store on September 17, 2018. The Franklin Police Department has conducted an investigation and determined that nothing criminal or suspicious occurred. We have spoken with the poster and she is safe. The alleged group of suspects were merely shopping in the store and in fact purchased items while in the store.
The Franklin Police Department is certain that the poster was indeed concerned for her safety. We are also aware of the recent abundance of similar posts on social media. To the best of our knowledge, no other agency has reported any kidnappings which have occurred related to these types of social media posts. As posts of this nature are circulated, it is logical that people will become more aware of their surroundings, and they may misinterpret the innocent actions of others.
We want to remind citizens that kidnappings conducted by strangers in highly visible public places are exceptionally rare events.
If any citizen feels that their safety is in jeopardy, they are strongly encouraged to immediately dial 911 to report the incident.
We have taken the unusual step of naming the retailer in this post because the original post has been shared thousands of times.
KF NOTE: The misinterpretation of innocent individuals is one of the biggest problems with local social media sites. Nosy busybodies peering out their windows anxiously searching for bad guys.