Mother scared after someone tries to buy her 3-year-old daughter
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (WICS) —
Monday was a terrifying situation for one Jacksonville mother who said a stranger tried to buy her 3-year-old daughter on social media for $4,000.
The offer came on Facebook.
The mother said the person behind the profile could be anywhere.
"To me right there that's the most terrifying thing anybody could ask a parent,” said single mother, Blaire Noirot.
Noirot said a man reached out to buy her three-year-old daughter.
"I just I was appalled,” she said. “And was like, ‘are you seriously trying to ask to buy my child’, and he was like, ‘yes’."
It happened on Facebook with the first message: ‘This is a nice child you have here...I will buy this virgin child.’
"It's scary,” Noirot said. “Like it could happen to anybody."
And another message shortly after saying, ‘I am actually in need of a virgin child.’ and: ‘I will up the price to $4,000.’
"It's just scary,” she said. “Like my whole family is just terrified for her to even go to school, like I had to contact the school to let them know about it, and the bus to let them know about it. Like she can't get off the bus to anybody except me or my grandpa."
Police believe, according to the profile, the offender may be a man from Terre Haute, Indiana. But they said the actual person behind the screen could be anyone, from anywhere.
"I was kind of shocked,” said Lieutenant Doug Thompson, “That someone was that brazen to put so blatantly on Facebook out in public to ask for something like that."
Lieutenant Thompson said although social media cases are difficult to prove, he will consider this case similar to human trafficking.
“To me that’s horrible,” he said. “By definition, trafficking, I mean, you're taking someone from their loved ones and you're basically keeping them as a servant and that's no way to live for anybody."
Lieutenant Thompson said it’s hard to determine whether the user behind the profile is a legitimate person.
"It could be somebody that you know,” Noirot said. “It could be somebody that's been watching you for a long time, and I highly recommend not talking to anybody on Facebook that you do not know."
Noirot said she's not looking to press any charges.
Rather, she just hopes her story will help others stay safe and aware of the dangers on the internet.
"I want her to be safe always."
As for police, they said the investigation is not active, but they will follow any tips and leads.