Steller column: Sex-trafficking conspiracy catches fire despite lack of evidence

At this stage, you will never be able to convince some people that Tucson is not the epicenter of a newly uncovered child sex-trafficking ring.

That theory has been burning across the internet for a week, spearheaded by a local advocate for homeless veterans and aided by credulous local TV news reporting. They pointed to a homeless camp near I-19 and West Valencia Road where there were mysterious straps on trees and a buried septic tank as evidence of child rape.

But there was never any evidence that the claim was anything more than the product of an overactive imagination and online conspiracists. Certainly there were no victims. And when Tucson police came to investigate, they said they found no sign of trafficking in children for sex or anything other than a homeless camp…..Click Here To Keep Reading

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