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Human Traffickers Reportedly Using ‘Ring on Windshield’ Scam to Trap Victims

A woman in Wisconsin reports that her mother had almost fallen victim to human traffickers.

Savannah Nguyen posted an alarming story on Facebook. It was about her mother Sony’s disturbing experience in the parking lot of a mall in Appleton, Wisconsin. Savannah believed that her mother had almost fallen victim to human traffickers.

Below is Savannah’s story:

Meet Sony (left) and Savannah (right) Nguyen.

My mom was in Appleton at the mall and parked at Macy’s. She was alone and looking at her phone as she was leaving the building and approaching her car. Right after she got in, still looking at her phone, she noticed a large white SUV with tinted windows pull into the spot next to her. She always habitually locks her door as soon as she gets in the car (thankfully). She said she felt a little uneasy because there were so many other empty parking spaces, but they pulled up right next to her car immediately after she got in, so she decided to drive away. On her way home, she could hear something tapping against her windshield, but she didn’t want to stop. When she got home and out of the car, she found this under her windshield wiper.

A shiny pretty thing would easily distract anyone.

This is exactly how human trafficking and abductions take place. They probably watched her get out of her car, placed it on her window, and waited for her to come back. Who knows what would have happened if my mom had gotten out of her car to see what was under her windshield while she was still in the parking lot. Of course, a person would be curious and want to read the writing on the bag. But, in the two seconds it takes you to grab the bag from under the windshield to read what is on there, it might already be too late. Bad things can happen in the blink of an eye.

“Human trafficking and kidnapping is real, and not a topic to be taken lightly,” warned Savannah.

I strongly urge everyone to tell your loved ones about this scenario, whether it be your daughter, son, sister, brother, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, or friends — and/or share this post and get the word out. This happened in broad daylight to my own mom (a forty-something year mother of four) and could happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Human trafficking and kidnapping is real, and not a topic to be taken lightly. You don’t think it will happen to you until it does.

Red flag: The human traffickers’ sloppy note written on plastic.

I stop by the mall by myself all of the time. After this situation, I would not recommend anybody go there by themselves or go anywhere by themselves for that matter. Especially teenage girls. Always try to travel in groups and always stay alert in parking lots or public places, especially at night. Don’t look at your phone when you’re walking to your car, and if you don’t have pepper spray, hold your hand in a fist with your keys between your fingers, perpendicular to your bones, until you get into your vehicle. It is so easy for predators to lure or target young women who are alone. So be smart, stay alert, and make it a priority to learn to defend yourself physically. Some people’s instincts and reactions don’t kick in until after the few seconds it takes for someone to sneak up and grab you from behind, and god forbid it be too late to save yourself.

The Grand Chute Police Department did a probe on the incident.

According to Snopes.com, the Grand Chute Police Department near Appleton, Wisconsin was aware about the suspected “human traffickers” incident that Savannah had written about.

Moreover, a post published on the Grand Chute Police Department Facebook page informed residents of Appleton that they were investigating the story.

The police statement revealed:

“Our department has received several inquiries regarding a Facebook post describing an incident that happened yesterday in the Fox River Mall parking lot in which a piece of jewelry was placed on the windshield of a car. The vehicle was then approached by another vehicle as the person got into the parked car. We are investigating the incident and we are working with mall security staff to keep the area safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

Cops gave it their best shot but, alas, no suspects were identified.

They added:

“While we do not know the motive for placing the item on the windshield, it is possible the person responsible had ill intents such as stealing a wallet or purse, stealing recently purchased items, stealing the vehicle itself, or other crimes.”

Ultimately, they were not able to identify the people — the suspected human traffickers — who left the ring on the windshield. Savannah’s original Facebook post also seemed to have been taken down. Or, perhaps, it was simply made private?

Nevertheless, screenshots of the post remain online since it went viral. Whether the story is real or not, it still serves as a reminder for all of us to be more aware of our surroundings and be more mindful of our safety.

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Millions of Baby Milk Products Recalled Due To Fears Of Salmonella Contamination

Infants have fallen ill and now the recall involves “several million” products distributed in many countries.

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Lactalis, a French baby milk formula maker, has recently made headlines after they ordered a worldwide recall of their baby milk powder products due to fears of salmonella contamination.

According to reports, 26 infants in France have become sick early this month as confirmed by health officials. The recall covers “millions of baby milk powder products marketed globally under the Milumel, Picot and Celi brands,” the Daily Mail reported.

The threat covers millions of baby milk products distributed in several countries.

The report further mentioned that the recall directly affects customers “in Britain, Greece, Morocco, Sudan, Peru, Colombia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China.”

Meanwhile, the threat does not affect the United States, despite the fact that it is considered a major market for Lactalis.

The company has since issued an apology over the matter.

In an interview with Associated Press, company spokesperson Michael Nalet said that the “precautionary” recall affects “several million” products produced by the company since February.

Lactalis confirmed that the 26 cases of infection “were linked to products branded Picot SL, Pepti Junior 1, Milumel Bio 1 and Picot Riz.”

A company-issued statement tells us Lactalis is “sincerely sorry for the concern generated by the situation and expresses its compassion and support to the families whose children fell ill”.

Moreover, they’ve also taken action, disinfecting and cleaning suspected affected sites in France.

Based in Laval, France, Lactalis also produces President and Galbani cheeses and Parmalat milk.

The French company is considered one of the biggest dairy groups across the globe. They employ 75,000 workers in 85 countries and they generate an annual revenue of about US$20 billion.

Customers who bought Lactalis products are encouraged to watch out for symptoms of salmonella infection.

Common symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever. Although most people recover without needing any treatment, young children are at a bigger risk of becoming very ill. Hospitalization is highly recommended because dehydration can be potentially life-threatening.

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China’s Famed Rooftop Daredevil Dies After Falling Off a Skyscraper

His fans are devastated.

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Wang Yongning has made a name for himself in China as the country’s first, self-styled rooftop daredevil. The extreme sports enthusiast, martial artist, and occasional supporting actor in TV and movies became famous for his risky stunts, which usually involved him walking or hanging on the edge of sky-high buildings without any protective gear.

Wang gained popularity in Chinese social media networks like Weibo (with screen name @Jixian-Yongning) and Meipai (a Chinese video-recording app), but his outrageous stunts also stirred controversy. Some concerned citizens feared that young and impressionable people might try and copy the daredevil.

But after his prolonged absence in social media, Wang’s fans started to worry.

The stuntman’s followers questioned why his accounts had not been updated for over a month. His last post was dated November 8, and users started to speculate that he had gotten into a major accident or, worse — he had died. Confirmation of Wang’s death came only recently.

Wang’s camp issued a statement to confirm that the Chinese daredevil had fallen down a skyscraper and died.

The tragic accident happened on November 8, too. His body was discovered the following day.

The statement also clarified that a previous video posted by Wang showing him dropping from a building was a gimmick recorded by Wang himself. It is not the footage of the fall that led to his death.

Wang’s social media has been flooded with condolences and tributes.

The last video he posted has earned thousands of likes, and users have been leaving his account with comments expressing their sadness over his passing.

Fans also thanked Wang for his contributions to the field of extreme sports.

Wang’s bio on Weibo reads:

“The goal is to challenge all skyscrapers in the world without any protection.”

Do you follow Wang and his stunts? How do you feel about this tragic news?

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Father Wants Justice For Daughter Who Died of Dengue After Dengvaxia Vaccine

“My daughter would still alive if she wasn’t vaccinated,” the father lamented.

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We’ve recently heard the controversy regarding the Dengvaxia vaccine. Hailed as the world’s first vaccine against dengue, French pharmaceutical Sanofi Pasteur came up with the revolutionary vaccine.

Eventually, however, the manufacturer admitted that Dengvaxia may pose harmful effects. This is where a huge problem lies since over 700,000 children have already been vaccinated in the Philippines alone – and netizens are understandably outraged about it.

Now a Filipino father has recently surfaced, saying his daughter died of severe dengue after being given the said vaccine.

Source: GMA

According to reports, Nelson De Guzman is seeking justice for the death of his daughter Christine Mae, a grade 5 student who was vaccinated with Dengvaxia and later died of severe dengue.

The father has since approached the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) to ask the Department of Justice (DOJ) for help in examining “the bodies of three children believed to have died due to the effects of Dengvaxia shots,” a report said.

In an interview, the father said someone should be held responsible for the program.

“Someone should really be held liable. My daughter would still alive if she wasn’t vaccinated,” lamented De Guzman.

Source: GMA

A GMA news article further tells us Christine “had no history of dengue infection”. However, she eventually developed severe headache and fever. She passed away a day after she was rushed to the hospital. She received a Dengvaxia shot 6 months earlier.

De Guzman further said that they have documents proving their daughter has been vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

Source: Blogspot

He said:

“We have her card.”

Now a year has passed since their daughter’s death and, so far, the family has not received any assistance from the health department or from the local government.

Meanwhile, Sanofi has clarified that Dengvaxia can only be beneficial in preventing dengue for those who already had serotypes virus in the past.

Source: AFP

Moreover, the company defended that the vaccine “does not contain any viruses that can make people ill with dengue or severe dengue.”

The Department of Health has since halted its vaccination program and the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines has ordered suspending Dengvaxia’s sale, distribution, and marketing. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is also conducting an investigation to determine who should be held accountable for putting the public’s lives in danger.

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