- Sara Gonzales alleged two men approached her at gas stations twice in a month
- In both instances, she claimed they asked ‘for help with their credit card’
- She claimed to have heard from a friend that this was ‘sex trafficking’ tactic
A woman has issued a safety warning after claiming that she was targeted by an alleged sex trafficking tactic that was carried out at a gas station.
Texan Sara Gonzales, who is a YouTube creator, right-wing commentator, and Blaze TV host, declared in a one-minute clip that she had a ‘PSA for all the ladies out there.’
‘Twice in the last month, I have been approached by two different men, in two different cities, at two different gas stations, asking me for help with their credit card at the gas pump,’ she continued.
Sara admitted with the ‘first one,’ she ‘actually’ made an effort to try and explain how to ‘just put your credit card in, and when it tells you to remove it, you remove it.’
But she alleged that verbal instructions weren’t ‘good enough’ for the man, and he went on to ask her ‘to follow him over to his car, so I could physically show him how to do it.’
‘What grown-a** adults do you know, who owns a car, who doesn’t understand how you use your credit card to get gas?’ Sara exclaimed incredulously.
She then went on to add that she spoke to ‘my friend who actually fights sex trafficking with his organization.’
The right-wing media personality claimed her unnamed friend at the unspecified organization confirmed to her: ‘Yes, this is happening to women at gas stations at an accelerated rate.’
She added that he implied that ‘not only is the trafficking happening, but, of course, other, you know, robberies, theft, things of that nature.’
‘Because we’re women and we’re obviously more vulnerable. So keep your head on a swivel, watch your six, always be locked and loaded,’ Sara concluded.
‘And be careful out there, ladies.’
It’s worth noting that social media is rife with conspiracy theories around the realities of sex trafficking – with many tossing inflammatory and alarming rumors into the churn of online discourse for likes and follows instead of spreading truthful information to help fight what is unquestionably a real and horrifying problem.
Back in 2020, for instance, certain pockets of social media users worked themselves into a tizzy over unfounded speculation that the home-décor site Wayfair was a front for a massive sex-trafficking ring.
As DailyMail.com wrote in 2020 of the fictional scandal: ‘Conspiracy theorists believe the extremely expensive cabinets and human names [on Wayfair’s e-commerce site]… are evidence that Wayfair is trafficking children under the guise of the selling utility closets and other high-priced items.
‘The unsubstantiated claim appears to have come from QAnon, an online group that believes President Donald Trump is fighting a secret war against deep-state pedophiles.’
In fabricating the Wayfair sex trafficking narrative, conspiracy theorists cross-referenced the ‘names’ of different cabinets on Wayfair with the first names of children reported missing and drew the bizarre conclusion that these piece of furniture represented actual missing kids being sold on some sort of black market.
Consequently, human-trafficking hotlines were inundated with phone calls from people in hysterics over the lie that Wayfair was a front for selling actual children.
The nonprofit anti-human trafficking organization Polaris Project, which was founded in 2002, is one of several groups that spoke out about the harm of spreading falsehoods about human and sex trafficking on social media.
‘Conspiracies distract from the more disturbing but simple realities of how sex trafficking actually works, and how we can prevent it,’ a statement read on its website, released in the aftermath of the Wayfair mess.
‘The truth of the matter is that the “villains” of sex trafficking are less likely to be members of a secretive network involved in a bizarre or convoluted scheme than they are to be some of your neighbors – a local businessman, pastor, doctor, lawyer, military officer, or government official.
‘Sex trafficking simply would not occur if there were no customers – generally men – buying sex.’