It’s a horrible crime in Michigan and yet we have no real statistics behind it: human trafficking.

Jane White, director of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, said there are lots of statistics on human trafficking, “but if you ask me how many are based on evidence, the number is incredibly small. Good research has not been done.”

Without good numbers, it’s impossible to know whether efforts to stop human trafficking are helping, impossible to know whether we’ll be able to stop what happened to Ruth Rondon from happening to other women or men.

The problem is too big for law enforcement to handle alone. The Michigan State Police relies on a mobile army of volunteers to help save the survivors and charge the criminals.

And this featured story about a Michigan father who noticed something concerning at his local Target store, he whipped out his camera, hoping to warn others.

The distraught dad issued an alert about what’s coming to stores across America, and it’s something everyone needs to hear.

A now-viral video posted by a man who goes with a name on Facebook as Nahar Ali, explains that his family was shopping at Target when his wife and daughter almost became a statistic in the human trafficking rings that plague his state. The concerned family man declares, explaining that he returns to the parking lot every few nights to watch for the group of cars that surrounded his wife, believing these people are actively scouting the area for new victims.

In an effort to raise awareness, he describes the traumatic experience his wife and youngest daughter went through when they were suddenly surrounded by three vehicles in the Target parking lot after the two had gone shopping together.

Sitting anxiously in his car in the Target parking lot late at night, the man recorded his alert, letting others know what had happened to his wife and youngest daughter as he discussed the distressing reality that’s being ignored.

“This human trafficking thing has become very common for women and children shopping at grocery stores, department stores, anything of that matter.”

“This is a real thing going on in Michigan,” he says. “We are the number 2 state for human trafficking, and it is happening all over. I don’t care where you live, how safe you feel, I don’t care about any of that. You better hear me when I tell you,” he warns, adding that a detective he knows “could tell you stories that would keep you up at night if you have a wife or children.”

Human Trafficking Is Happening At Stores All Across America

In a video posted by Nahar Ali, an unnamed husband and father makes an urgent alert (Photo Credit: Screen Capture/Facebook Video)

Taphaps give us more details of what happen:

According to the man in the clip, seeing suspicious vehicles parked in the rear of store parking lots is very common as these criminals look for their next victim to grab. “It’s weird, it’s gut-wrenching,” he adds, speaking of the people who are suspiciously waiting in the back of parking lots late at night for a great length of time. “Who are you looking for, sitting out there in the dark?” he asks rhetorically.

“I could’ve lost my wife and my child to this situation,” he continues, relaying that he’s thankful two women came out of Target that night with an awareness that made them realize something wasn’t right, causing them to sit and watch after getting into a car near his wife.

“There’s so much going on in this country right now, and everybody wants to fight with everybody. Here’s something we can all stand behind,” he says, pointing out that “these stories are popping up so frequently,” we must “understand that we all need to be talking about this.”

He urges viewers, “Watch when your family goes out at night, keep an eye on your children, keep an eye on your wife,” before adding that it’s important for people, especially women, to have a way to protect themselves in public. “If she’s able to carry a gun, great. Mace, a knife, something.”

He recommends that women avoid shopping at night, regardless of where they go. “These vehicles are parked suspiciously in different parking lots all over. These stories are popping up left and right,” he warns. “Be vigilant, keep your eyes peeled, look around for people.”

He tells his male viewers to also keep a watchful eye for women who may be shopping with their young children and heading out to the parking lot. “Keep your eyes peeled when you’re leaving because you never know if that person could use an extra set of eyes in their situation,” he says.

Since the night she was nearly abducted, his wife “can hardly sleep, thinking about this situation.” He says, “She feels that we need to look out for other people, so that’s what we’re doing.” They are making it their mission to catch the men who were prowling Target that night while also warning and, hopefully, saving others from meeting the fate his wife and daughter narrowly escaped.

“This is something that needs to be talked about a lot more,” he urges. “The media loves to cover all the hatred in the world right now, but they don’t want to talk a lot about kids and people being taken, and how much this stuff is happening, and the price tags that are on people’s heads.”

Ali warns us that we must pay attention because it can happen to anyone, any time, any place.

“They are taking people and they are willing to risk anything to do it. They’re fearless. I wish they would have the live security video of what happened to my wife, and you could see how fearless these three cars were that surrounded her and how serious this situation is.” 

Watch it here: Facebook/Video

Sources: Taphaps

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