A mom in Texas is speaking out about a chilling experience she and her family had at a grocery store when a suspicious couple began talking to her daughter in line.
In a chilling Facebook post, Amanda Cropsey Florczykowski revealed that she and her family were waiting in line at their local grocery store in Longview when a couple began gushing over how cute her little girl was.
“I got in the check-out line at a local store early afternoon. I took my daughter out of the cart and the couple ahead struck up the typical conversation about how "cute your daughter is" and then asked about her age, repeatedly. I initially was understanding of what I assumed was a cultural barrier, but I quickly became uncomfortable with the woman's body language and close proximity to my cart/kids,” Amanda began in her post.
That’s when Amanda felt something change in the world; the woman was just giving off a very unsettling vibe while looking at her daughter.
“I picked my daughter up only to have the woman ask if she could hold her. The woman was so close at this point that my toddler reached her arms around the woman before I could really respond,” Amanda wrote.
“In an instant her proximity finally changed and she backed away. I grabbed back on to my daughter as the woman was saying, "Say bye to mommy" - what an unusual comment to provoke a child to say. The woman resisted returning her when I physically pulled my daughter from her arms,” she continued.
While the couple eventually left of their own volition, Amanda soon noticed another man lurking in the corner—no groceries in hand.
The shaken mom wrote: “Know their conversation began immediately with me and this all took place over only a few moments. After this couple left, I was really shaken up but still noticed the man a few feet away in my peripheral vision, continuing to stand, by himself, with no groceries, in a closed check-out lane. He faced the opposite direction, but was looking over his shoulder at me; glaring would be an understatement. His eyes did not leave my every move and I confidently matched his stare to show I was aware of his presence. I loudly conversed with the cashier about their security staff and the odd couple that seemed predatory.”
Although Amanda is grateful that she and her daughter escaped from the situation before being harmed, she is now warning other parents about the dangers in public they may not be prepared for.
“I'm thankful to Jesus that He alone protected us! I was able to get out and home safely with my family,” she wrote. “I've since researched sex-trafficking and some details were precisely my experience. I want to recount those specifics to create awareness in hopes that you can protect your own children.”
At the end of her post, Amanda also provided some telltale signs of sex traffickers after doing her own research:
-Abductors often work in groups and position themselves throughout the store. Although it wouldn't appear that these 3 individuals were shopping together, I am certain this man and couple were a team.
-This couple were of East Indian descent and the man was white and covered in tattoos - all were mid 30's. Beware no matter the color, appearance, age or sex.
-The couple checked out with 2 items of little value. Something they could easily abandon.
-The woman had alarming proximity to me at times and twice put her hand on my basket. She created one route for me to place my groceries, thus leaving my attention divided between my kids and my task. (I did not place anything on the belt until they left...FYI )
-I20 is a prominent sex-trafficking route; Longview included.