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The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted Sunday on Facebook that it currently doesn’t have any information to suggest there’s truth to rampant rumors about a sex trafficking ring preying on local women.

A recent post on social media regarding suspicious activity at The Junction shopping center in East Sonora led to the Sheriff’s Office receiving numerous inquiries over the weekend about whether there was any validity to the claims.

The post detailed three incidents in which women were said to be followed by unknown men, whom it was suggested were involved with abducting women and children for the purpose of sex trafficking.

The Sheriff’s Office said it investigated the claims and have received only one call since July 1 about a person who thought they were being followed inside a local grocery store.

“At this time, we have no information to suggest any sex trafficking ring is operating within our community,” the Sheriff’s Office stated. “With that said, we always recommend everyone stay alert and aware of their surroundings. Also, if anyone sees suspicious activity or believes they are in danger, call our dispatch center and report the information immediately 209-533-5815. If an emergency dial 911.”

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