Are Random Items Left On Your Windshield A Trap?

People are becoming concerned that random items left under their windshield wipers could be a trap to take them out of their cars and into the hands of potential abductors. Do you think they're safe?

Bruce Boyena
Created By Bruce Boyena
On Feb 22, 2017
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Recently, people are becoming concerned that random objects stuck on their windshields may actually be a trap, meant to serve as a way to abduct women into human trafficking rings.

One woman in Flint, Michigan, 19-year-old Ashley Hardacre recently shared a story on Facebook of finding a shirt stuck under the windshield wiper of her car after getting off from work late. According to Hardacre, there was another car running near her and she had heard that this might be a new kind of trap.

Ashley Hardacre
I had seen posts lately about people finding things under their windshield wipers in the burton/Flint area as an attempt to get girls out of their cars and distracted. It definitely frightened me a bit.
Ashley Hardacre, Facebook, February 16, 2017
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Hardacre drove her car to a safer area before rolling down the window to remove the shirt and planned to contact the mall security team about the incident. This is not the only case of an incident like the one Hardacre experienced, though. Another woman, this time in Wisconsin, wrote a Facebook post about how her mother had found a ring on her windshield wiper.

This is exactly how human trafficking and abductions take place. They probably watched her get out of her car and placed it on her window and waited for her to come back.
This is exactly how human trafficking and abductions take place. They probably watched her get out of her car and placed it on her window and waited for her to come back.
Savannah Nguyen, Charlotte Observer, February 22, 2017
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Experts, however, are saying that this is more likely to be about petty theft than it is about human trafficking. According to Snopes, human traffickers are more likely to form relationships with their victims and that leaving items on windshields presented "more risk and smaller chances of success for opportunistic criminals." Police have agreed that this is not likely connected to human trafficking, but they still prefer to be alerted when these things happen so investigations can take place successfully.

Nothing like this has ever happened before. There have been no other incidences like this. It’s kind of unknown as to what or why or who [did this]. We need to know about this stuff when it happens.
Nothing like this has ever happened before. There have been no other incidences like this. It’s kind of unknown as to what or why or who [did this]. We need to know about this stuff when it happens.
Detective Sergeant Brad Wangler, Flint Police, Charlotte Observer, February 22, 2017
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So, now, what we want to know is...

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Do you think items left on windshields are connected to crime?