Does posting a child’s hand while asking for a refrigerator mean the child is being trafficked?

Tonight, my editor and proofreader, Lady Gray, sent me the following from Facebook…

In case you can’t read it, the post says…

I learned something today… if you ever see a picture like this, report it to authorities. It is a human trafficking tactic. Here’s the tactic. Posting a picture of a child’s body part like their hand, on a buy sell trade site, asking for something to buy or sell, is the tactic. I’m being for real. This isn’t something I just shared. Someone shared this picture as a joke wondering why they had that picture when they need a refrigerator and someone that has been through a lot of training on the subject informed us what it means.

I don’t claim to be the world’s leading expert on online human trafficking, but I have been writing about it for the past 11 years. This is the first I’ve ever heard of such tactic. I checked sites like Snopes and Hoax Slayer, and I couldn’t find anything about this on their sites. I did a reverse image search on the picture, but nothing came up. So, I can’t say one way or another if this is true or not.

However, and this is just my opinion, it sounds like an urban legend to me. It reminds me too much of urban legends such as “Don’t flash your high beams at night or gangs will kill you”, or “My friend woke up in a bathtub full of ice and his kidneys were gone”.

Human traffickers have a lot of tricks up their sleeves, and sadly, they often don’t have to be this obtuse to sell children.

Facebook vigilantes beat California homeless man because of hoax

Here is just one more reason why you shouldn’t believe everything that’s posted on Facebook.

A group of Facebook vigilantes in Modesto, California, beat a homeless man after someone posted the following to Facebook.

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Guess what kids. It was a hoax.

Modesto police even contacted the person who allegedly first posted it…

“She was a friend of a friend of a friend who posted this information on Facebook,” police spokeswoman Heather Graves explained.

Was this friend of a friend of a friend also attacked after not flashing her high beams or pricked by a syringe full of AIDS?

Luckily the man wasn’t seriously injured and did not press charges against his attackers.

I don’t even know what to add at this point because it’s not like anyone is going to leave Facebook or stop spreading any bullshit that someone posts but if you have one of those kind of Facebook friends you may want to show them this post.

Are Balloon Boy’s parents PBBs?

I’m not going to spend too much time on this one because they’ve already gotten too much publicity than they deserve.

Anyway we all know the story. Some assclown from Colorado reports that his son was accidentally launched in a homemade helium balloon. Everyone from the Cub Scouts to the Justice League of America tried to rescue the kid and it turns out it was all a hoax.

Personally I knew it was a hoax after seeing the video of the baloon being launched. That guy is the worst actor in the world.

So the question remains are the publicity seeking parents PBBs? Not in the classical sense of most of the scumbags that have been featured on this site.

Now if the site was called Parents Being Douchebags then it would be another story.

Fake mom reports fake kid fake missing

Woman Charged With Lying About Missing Baby:

A woman in Florida reported to police that her babysitter did not return her child. Sound a little familiar?

Except that in this case there was just one big lie instead of a lot of misleading ones. It turns out that the child didn’t even exist.

Miami police arrested Meagan McCormic on filing charges of a false police report. It’s alleged that McCormic was using the fictional Riley Buchness to lure her ex-boyfriend from Boston to Miami. It turns out that McCormic was pregnant but miscarried and she didn’t want her ex to know that for whatever reason.When the ex showed up to Miami that’s when McCormic made up the abduction story.

Not only did McCormic go to insane lengths to try and get back with her ex but it seems somebody may have a case of Casey Anthony as well.

Thanks to Lady Jade for the tip.

Girl commits suicide over MySpace hoax

‘My Space’ hoax ends with suicide of Dardenne Prairie teen:

This one is so heart wrenching as a parent that I’m at a loss for words.

Megan Meier was a 13-year-old girl who had some problems but things were turning around for her. That was until she got a friend request from someone claiming to be, in Megan’s words, a hot 16-year-old boy by the name of Josh.

The two remained friends on MySpace for a while then all of a sudden Josh started sending disparaging messages to Megan. Comments like “I don’t know if I want to be friends with you anymore because I’ve heard that you are not very nice to your friends.”

Then MySpace bulletins started circulating about her that said things like “Megan Meier is a slut. Megan Meier is fat.”

It bothered her so much that Megan Meier took her own life.

That’s not even the worst part.

Worst Part #1: Josh never existed and this was all done by adults.

Worst Part #2: No criminal charges are being filed.

As usual I’m not paying justice to the story. Please go and read the entire article.

And to the people who did this to Megan Meier I’ll just leave you with that I hope you rot in hell.

Thanks to Belch for the link.

Now I’m going to go listen to song Danny Boy to cheer myself up.