Atlanta rapper T.I. got the ball rolling by passing on the latest iteration of a continually recycled urban legend about a man who’s allegedly been using a school bus to lure children. The rapper wrote on his Instagram story on Wednesday, “Please watch yo kids at the bus stop. Human trafficking is real! … And the sad thing is there’s really no way to stop them because there’s a market for it.”
Comedian Lil Duval uncritically retweeted T.I.’s post, warning parents to be aware of child predators in the Atlanta area.
“It’s some dudes in Atlanta that got a school bus to kidnap kids its very few things that bother me but this does,” Duval wrote.
Slaughter lives in California and shares a 7-year-old son with former B2K rapper Lil Fizz. Although she and Fizz broke up years ago, they continue to co-parent their son Kameron. The “Riches” singer said although she does not live in Atlanta where the supposed kidnappings are happening, as a mother she could completely relate to being cautious about her child’s safety.
“This is VERY scary,” Slaughter wrote on Instagram Wednesday evening. “Parents. Drive your children to school. If you don’t have a car. Uber to and from. And if you can’t afford to do that consistently. Then until whoever this is gets caught. Keep your kids home.”
She added, “If you don’t have child care or can’t afford it. Make the sacrifice.”
The supposed human trafficking incident in Atlanta follows after Megabus announced that it is training its drivers to be aware of passengers who may be victims of human trafficking as local authorities in Atlanta begin to focus on the problem ahead of next year’s Super Bowl in the Georgia capital.
Coach USA’s Vice President of Security, Jason Louis, told WSB-TV in October, “Atlanta in particular is a big hub, so I’d especially be on high alert in Atlanta for this happening.”
Slaughter made her debut on reality television in 2014 on VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood” series. She most known for her singing the theme song for popular competition show “America’s Next Top Model” with supermodel Tyra Banks.