Sex trafficking fears rise over car brands in Bowling Green – authorities respond


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Women from Bowling Green have posted pictures of their cars on social media, one after another for fear of a new sex trafficking tactic.

Those pen marks that people find on the backs of their taillights have given rise to sex trafficking rings “tagging” single women.

Campbell Chevrolet sales manager Mark Cowan said the mark is actually a sign that different car dealerships use to keep track of things like whether the car has been cleaned, inspected, etc.

“It’s actually a paint pen,” Cowan said. “So it’s not going to go away when you go through the car wash. The rain is not going to wash it off.

Some of the women on Facebook said their mark was freshly left when they were posted – not there when they left the dealerships.

However, Cowan said the brands are so small that people tend to only notice them when they are looking for them.

“Most likely been there and you haven’t noticed,” Cowan said. “You didn’t notice it when you looked at the vehicle in the parking lot. I don’t think what you see is something to worry about… TIt is about us and the sellers knowing that these vehicles have already been verified and are ready to buy.

Bowling Green Police Department Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward said this was not the first time the guesses had been circulating online. He said about four times a year, almost in waves, of talking about different trends in sex trafficking tactics in cars.

Ward said that in the 10 years he worked in the department, he arrested only a very small number of sex traffickers, most of whom had a personal relationship with the person (s) they were trafficking. sexual.

Ward encourages those concerned about sex trafficking to always report these concerns to the police.

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