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Teen followed by strange driver sparks human trafficking concerns

Posted at 7:57 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 20:57:51-05

COPPERAS COVE, TX — A Copperas Cove family is warning the community after a scary encounter on the road.

"You always hear about things like this but never think it'll happen to you," said 19-year-old Triniti Taylor.

Taylor says she was driving to her friend's house when a car began to follow her Saturday night.

"I was scared. I was freaking out," she said.

That's when Taylor called 911 and Copperas Cove police officers escorted her home safely.

"I just thought about what if. What would've happened? What were you guys going to do?" she said.

Taylor's mother, Denise Barnes, says she was worried this was a possible human trafficking situation.

But Copperas Cover Police say they believe this was actually a road rage situation, but agree people should always be vigilant.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, last year there were nearly 11,000 cases of human trafficking reported nation wide, with 1,000 in Texas alone.

"You can't sugar coat things anymore. You have to be real with your children about what is going on in this world," said Barnes.

Taylor says she's glad she stayed alert through the situation, and police say that calling 911 was the right thing to do.

"It made me feel like they actually care. CCPD actually cares," said Taylor.