TIJUANA.- There's a white van roaming the city hunting down children, to abduct them and steal their organs later own. At least, that's the latest social media fear among some Tijuana residents. The hoax was gaining so much strength online that authorities had to step in and assure them that there was no evidence of gangs going around kidnapping and stealing organs.
Last week during a press conference, Alejandro Lares Valladrares and Miguel Ángel Guerrero Castro, respectively the City's Chief of Police and the coordinator for the Organized Crime subdivision of the State Justice Department (PGJE in Spanish), called those rumors as part of a "psychosis" that's spread through social media.
"It is important to point out that so far, there has been no reports of minors, teenagers or adults having been kidnapped and murdered in order to extract their vital organs", declared Lares Valladares.
For his part, Miguel Ángel Guerrero reiterated that the PGJE hasn't had any report linked with the disappearance of minors or adults involved with organ trafficking.
The hoax has been spotted in other cities too, like Durango, Oaxaca, Coatzacoalcos, regions in the state of Campeche, Yucatan, Tabasco and Michoacan, and in every one of those, officials have been forced to shoot down the rumors and reaffirm that there is no evidence of crimes like these taking place.
The images used on social media to "prove" children are being taken for their organs are actually from other places and other unrelated crimes.