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Facebook users selling Guam kids issued stern warning

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On Monday we reported about a mother who turned to KUAM News to set the record straight: she was not posting her baby girl for sale on Facebook personal ads. Thanks to viewer submitted photos however, KUAM News has learned there are other cases like this in posts as recent as last night. And it appears those responsible are changing their tone.

It started out as social media posts soliciting for children in need of homes or for sale, but now the personal ads have evolved into threats. Thanks to screenshots submitted by you at home, KUAM News has learned more of these posts have surfaced online. In one as recent as Tuesday night, the user "Kaydot Pangie" makes threats to the children's family.

"Tell the mother that the cousin should have gotten the hint by now. He should know were out for him and he knows what he has to do or his whole family will just pay for it" and "Tell the mom that they wouldn't have to go through this if her cousin does what we told him to do".

The online threats were followed by comments from users who were both shocked and outraged anyone would target little girls. "Why do you people violate these little girls like this! Quit playing around cuz this is just plain sick. If youre looking for the mother do it the right way..."

Although it's unknown if the cases are connected, those responsible for soliciting the young girls should be warned. Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson said, "We work with the Guam Police Department, but something like this is on our radar - absolutely. I'm as astonished, saddened and appalled as anyone who saw that. That this young child's face is out there in the public for sale. It's tragic and it is a crime."

Barrett-Anderson confirms they do have a division to investigate these online crimes, adding, "In our office we have a forensic, a computer forensic unit that was built under attorney general (Leonardo) Rapadas' tenure and continues under my tenure. And we have some equipment there and that unit works with the FBI. So I'm really glad that the Attorney General's Office has a unit to be able to address that.

"If there is some deficiency in our legislation, then I have no hesitation going down to the Guam Legislature to our oversight chair and asking our chair to introduce some."

You at home can also report any abusive behavior online. According to Facebook's policies, any type of content - whether it's a Facebook profile, page, photo, or post can be reported by clicking the Report or Options buttons.

Also for those of you at home who may have information about these posts please call GPD or call Guam Crime Stoppers at  477-HELP (4357) you can also text them at 486-HELP (4357).
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