It's an unfortunate reality that we have to stay aware of our surroundings at all times--even in some of the places where we tend to feel safest. But we do.

Stalking, creeping, and even human trafficking can take place even in broad daylight and in populated areas right here in East Texas--if we're not careful.

One of the places that many of us, especially women, tend to feel safe is at one of our favorite shopping locales--Target.

On TikTok, women have been sharing their stories of encounters with stalker-types at Target.

Many of these encounters took place in the middle of the day. Unfortunately, because many women feel safe they're less likely to be on their guard.

Here's a story shared by one woman who was being stalked at a Target. However, she thought the guys following her were likely undercover security at the store. But turns out that wasn't the case--->

@liccalollipopBE AWARE #target#traffickingawarenes#fyp#awareness♬ Creepy, scary, horror, synth, tension - Sound Production Gin

Here's another story shared by three sisters who were shopping at Target when a man they didn't know started talking to them and asking them strange questions. But then it got scary--->

@localhijabiyoHuman trafficking is REAL! Kidnapping is REAL! #PSA #sextraffikingawareness #beawareofyoursurroundings #foryoupage #fyp #viral #target♬ original sound - Hiyam

Here's another one that I find particularly horrifying regarding a new human trafficking technique. Please be aware and share with your friends and family.--->

@keya_ashimiSharing because I had a similar experience in #target#humantraffickingawareness#becareful#warning⚠️#IDeserveTuitionContest#targetstore#warning

♬ original sound - Content Creator & Influencer

And another one. This young woman was just running errands at the same Target where she is employed.--->

@justarachael Share to save a life ☹️ be careful ladies, they’re at TARGET now #sextraffikingawareness#target#humantraffickingawareness#fyp ♬ original sound - Rach

And here's a cautionary tale regarding the dangers of selling things to people on the internet.--->

@kayla.nicole.gI can do PT 2 if you want if not, just be careful #storytime#stranger#danger#awareness#target

♬ Bongo cha-cha-cha - Remastered - Caterina Valente Here's another "chapter" in this scary drama. Unfortunately "Part 2" is currently unavailable.--->

@kayla.nicole.gReply to @its_me_right_here no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t brought my 6’2’ BF, there would be a diff ending to this story #creepy#stranger♬ Levitating - Dua Lipa

Bottom line? PLEASE be careful, friends. Obviously, we still love shopping at Target and it's never wise to live in fear. But please stay safe. And PLEASE share this with your friends and family. It could save lives.

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