Several students attending the University of Guelph-Humber have expressed deep concern on social media over a group accused of being associated with sex traffickers that have been approaching them and peers on campus recently.
Students have been approached by people claiming to talk about or be part of a “God the mother” movement that believes the Christian God is a female and is reportedly part of a sex trafficking ring, according to several separate claims by students on social media.
The terminology was utilized in a way to make the case for Guelph-Humber students to come to a bible study, according to those posting about incidents where they were approached.
Guelph-Humber students have been sharing a tweet from a Twitter user only identified by the username “@_chennna” who declared that “God the Mother” is a “form of sex trafficking”.
The tweet appears to be warning post-secondary students in the United States, and carries cover 6,000 retweets since it was posted on Feb. 5, four days ago.
An article posted by the Vanderbilt Hustler, a student publication for the university, reported on Jan. 29 that students were engaged by a Caucasian woman and older black man talking about “God the mother”.
The pair reportedly attempted to “exchange contact information or lead them away from campus.”
“Vanderbilt Police are actively investigating reports of suspicious individuals on campus near the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and around Rand Dining Hall yesterday,” said VUPD Assistant Chief Rick Burr, according to the Hustler.
“At this time there is no indication that the individuals are associated with any criminal activity. We want to remind students that they should call contact police immediately if they are concerned for their safety.”
A local media report from Lexington in Kentucky posted on Dec. 20 of last year described a police investigation that probed similar social media rumors about a church group being involved in human trafficking and found the claims to be “unsubstantiated”.
The group was telling young women in multiple Kentucky cities that they believe the Christian God is female and attempt to get people to join them.
“We have investigated this complaint and have found nothing to substantiate that this group is or has been involved in any criminal activity,” Lexington Police Public Information Officer Jervis Middleton said, according to the WKYT report.
One student in a private class group on Facebook said that they would approach the university administration to report the incidents that were occurring.
Vice President of IGNITE John Kokkoros told the Post he alerted campus security first thing on Friday morning after hearing about it on Thursday night.
Kokkoros said “I personally don’t take these things lightly and wanted to be better safe than sorry by passing the information to security.”
The Post has reached out to several students who posted on social media for more details on their experiences and awaits a response from school administration, which will be published in an updated story.
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