Authorities are urging parents to observe their children’s social media activity after a missing girl from Arizona was lured to the basement of the Utah home of a convicted sex offender.
“If you think that trafficking doesn’t happen here, think again,” the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post Friday. “Parents, always monitor your child’s social media activity and talk to them about the dangers of human trafficking. Our detectives are working in cooperation with Utah agencies to investigate where the initial incident took place.”
The sheriff’s office told Fox News Digital investigations were ongoing to see where the initial incident took place, adding the teenager was on juvenile probation and outfitted with an ankle monitoring device that helped law enforcement find her.
The 14-year-old was first reported as a runaway juvenile by her father on Jan. 28, according to AZ Family. However, the girl reportedly left the evening before.
Citing court documents, the station said 26-year-old Jordan Sorenson approached the girl by commenting on her TikTok videos, before provoking a conversation with her on Snapchat. Sorenson offered to have food delivered to the girl’s house, and she gave him her address. Sorenson is accused of driving over eight hours to meet her.