Women in the US are taking to TikTok to warn other females about a possible sex-trafficking scheme after disturbing incidents were shared on the video-sharing platform.
TikTok user quitamamacita posted a video earlier in November showing a woman in a grey hoodie ringing her doorbell then waiting outside her door at 2am.
In the video, she explains she lives alone and was "shaking" after seeing the woman outside, especially after seeing other videos on the platform suggesting it's a method to lure women out of their houses.
"They're using women as decoys and knocking on random people's houses in the middle of the night, pretending like they need help etc," she said in the video.
Caught on camera
According to Ms McKay, in January 2021 a woman she didn't recognise was repeatedly knocking on her door and waiting outside in the middle of the night.
"I had a doorbell camera and I had proof in the videos and everything of her knocking on my door and not leaving," she explained in the video.
"At one point a child that looked like it could be her daughter came up to my door knocking all by herself and doing the exact same thing."
Concerned, she contacted the superintendent of her apartment complex and showed them the footage.
However, they said there was no record of that woman ever being resident in the building.
"[They said] they've never seen her on the property and the police told me that it was a sex-trafficking scheme," she said.
Neighbour said they had noticed the woman
Ms McKay was told by her female neighbour that the woman had knocked on her door.
"My neighbour had told me that one of the nights that she showed up she felt like she was being watched in the parking lot," she said.
"This woman would usually knock on my door and then my neighbour's door who was directly across from me," she continued.
"[But] the night that she felt like she was being watched leave the parking lot, she didn't knock on my neighbour's door because she knew she wasn't home.
"So please do not answer the door to people you don't know because this is becoming a more common sex trafficking scheme. Stay safe," Ms McKay concluded the video.
Since posting the video, Ms Mckay had noticed other women sharing their experiences of it happening to them, which prompted her to put out another warning.
Thousands of users commented on the video —which has over six million views —many of whom have experienced the same unsettling door knock.
"Thank you so much for sharing," one woman wrote.
"So scary," added another. "Stay safe."
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