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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.”
From John Costello, a Wayfair spokesperson. pic.twitter.com/EbLDVrjuAJ
— MediaWise (@mediawise) July 10, 2020
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:
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.
Did Ghislane Maxwell tip authorities off about #Wayfair
— Angela Stanton King 🇺🇸 (@theangiestanton) July 11, 2020
Y’all this Wayfair Human trafficking thing is crazy. Look at this, there are two pillows/shower curtains that are the exact same, but one is $100 and the other is $10K. The $10K one is named the same thing as a Black girl missing in Michigan… pic.twitter.com/1fFmrIBgxJ
— all black lives matter (@zarimx) July 10, 2020
Wayfair is being accused of sex tracking children. People say the reason why some things cost so much is because it comes with a child.
Instagram fact checked my post about this within in seconds
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) July 11, 2020
Not only were there $12,000 cabinets being sold with diff kids names on every one (same cabinet) but they had $10,000 THROW PILLOWS with diff kids names ON THE SAME PILLOWS
And all the unique names are of missing kids in last year pic.twitter.com/a7VCFdeS1m
— Tommy G (@TommyG) July 10, 2020
Actually, the biggest piece of evidence that there is something really to this Wayfair theory is the onslaught of articles calling it a conspiracy theory and saying it’s “confirmed” that it’s not.
— DeAnna Lorraine 🇺🇸 (@DeAnna4Congress) July 11, 2020
If you aren’t following the #Wayfair hashtag you should be. I’m not surprised by this. Child traffickers operate out in the open and expect us to be ignorant. Open your eyes and stay vigilant. #SheepNoMore
— Jenna Jameson (@jennajameson) July 10, 2020
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:
One more statement from Wayfair
About pillow prices: “That is a glitch and something we’re working to address.”
“To further clarify ‘industrial-grade,’ these products are industrial-grade, high-gauge stainless steel cabinets made in the USA primarily for commercial use.”
— Audrey Conklin (@audpants) July 10, 2020
But again, few appeared to be buying what Wayfair was trying to sell them.
— sushithagoat (@sushithagoat) July 10, 2020
There are pillows labeled as “personalized” selling for $9k with the regular pillow on the exact same site and section as $33.99. Please explain how the pillow is industrial strength?
— ❥ αℓу – #BLM (@xoxaliii) July 11, 2020
would be almost believable if there werent NAMES of MISSING KIDS on them-
— OOEYGOOEYGASTER (@ooeygooeygaster) July 11, 2020
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:
I haven’t even looked into this Wayfair thing but has anyone considered just buying one of the $14,000 cabinets and seeing if it comes with a child sex slave?
— Pete D’Abrosca (@pdabrosca) July 11, 2020
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