In a recent televised news conference and interview, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said he’s concerned about a white van “snatching” young girls to sell their organs. But Baltimore Police say they have no reports of any such incidents.
Young’s source, according to an interview with WBAL, is social media.
“We’re getting reports of somebody in a white van trying to snatch up young girls for human trafficking and for selling body parts, I’m told. So we have to be careful because there’s so much evil going on, not just in the city of Baltimore, but around the country,” he said. “It’s all over Facebook.”
Police spokesman Matt Jablow said the department is “aware of the posts on social media but we do not have any reports of actual incidents.”
Young’s claim echoes a statement he made during one of his weekly news conferences last month. Asked Nov. 20 whether he plans to sign a bill banning retailers’ use of plastic bags, Young responded he hasn’t taken a position yet because he’s focusing on more important issues like murders and shootings.
“Now, I’m worried about people pulling up in vans, snatching young girls to take their organs or sell them into prostitution,” he added.