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The e-commerce company Wayfair said to the media Friday that there’s no truth to a rumor that it’s been operating some sort of child sex trafficking ring by selling seemingly overpriced cabinets containing live abducted children.

“There is, of course, no truth to these claims,” a Wayfair spokesperson said in a statement shared with the media and other organizations.

“The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced. Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price point, we have temporarily removed the products from the site to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point.”

The rumor emerged after a Reddit social media user posted a screenshot from Wayfair’s website showing four exorbitantly priced cabinets whose names — Neriah, Yaritza, Samiyah and Alyvia — matched those of four missing children.

“Is it possible Wayfair involved in Human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? Or are these just extremely overpriced cabinets? (Note the names of the cabinets) this makes me sick to my stomach if it’s true,” the Reddit user wrote.

The post still remains online:

(Source: Reddit)

Speaking with Newsweek, the Reddit user who submitted the post seen above admitted that her work with “a local organization that helps victims of human trafficking” has made her “suspicious most of the time now.”

After the user posted the rumor on Thursday, it quickly took off.

“The conspiracy theory has been elaborated on other social media platforms, particularly Twitter, expanding on the original post and its assertion that very expensive or overpriced cabinets with human names is in itself evidence of human trafficking conducted more or less in the open, with Wayfair offering humans for sale under the guise of selling cabinetry,” Newsweek reported.

It took off so much so that people of a variety of political affiliations tweeted about it, from Georgia congressional candidate Angela Stanton-King, a Republican, to far-left BLM activists.

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Wayfair’s statement did little to quell the rumor.

“IF they were guilty would they come out and admit it? Weird how much cover corporate media is giving them without proper research,” Florida congressional candidate KW Miller, a Republican, dismissively tweeted.

Skeptics also complained about a discrepancy involving pillows. Apparently, some pillows were priced at $9,999, while others were priced at just $99.99.

Wayfair reportedly addressed this rumor as well:

But again, few appeared to be buying what Wayfair was trying to sell them.

Look:

Of course, there is a rather simple — though expensive — way to officially “confirm” once and for all where there’s any legitimacy to this rumor:

Vivek Saxena

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