Diandra Toyos came home from Ikea and created a Facebook post that went viral, alleging that she and her three children were targeted at the store, with a strange pair of men eyeing the children and trying to come up and make contact with them.
Toyos was shopping with her mother, 4-year-old daughter, toddler son, and other newborn son, at Ikea, looking for sofas. The two young children were playing near their mother when she noticed a man hovering near them. She got a weird feeling.
The man actually tried to approach the young children, and Toyos litterally stood in front of her children to block them.
She says the man returned with a friend and they began to follow Toyos and her family all over the store, until she managed to lose them and contact authorities.
The Daily Mail reports:
A mother’s harrowing tale of how her children were targeted by alleged human traffickers in a branch of IKEA has gone viral.
Diandra Toyos claims that she was shopping with her mother and three young children in the department store, in southern California, when two suspicious men started to follow her around.
She posted about the upsetting incident on her Facebook page and was quickly inundated with comments from other mothers.
The mother of three said she had visited IKEA to look for sofas and her daughter, aged four, and two sons, one a toddler and another just seven weeks, were playing and sleeping on one when she spotted a middle aged man lurking in the background.
She wrote: ‘At one point he came right up to me and the boys, and instinctively I put myself between he and my mobile son. I had a bad feeling.
‘He continued to circle the area, staring at the kids. He occasionally picked something up, pretending to look at it but looking right over at us instead.’
Ms Toyos’ mother also spotted the strange man and the pair gathered up the children and moved away.
However, disturbingly, he continued to follow them around the store and was later joined by a younger man.
She said: ‘He wasn’t looking at us, but was walking the same circling pattern around us as the first man.
‘My mom and I decided to sit down and wait for them to move on. We had a gut feeling something was going on.’
Luckily Ms Toyos and her mother managed to lose the suspicious pair and contacted a member of staff.
After getting home, she went on Facebook to warn other mothers to be vigilant and said she believed they could have been human traffickers.
Ms Toyos said: ‘Something was not okay here. This was not a situation that I misunderstood.
‘Do I know 100 per cent what harm these men intended? No. I’m taking an educated guess based on how things played out and what I know.
‘But even if I am wrong about their specific intentions… I KNOW they were up to something and focused on me and my children.’