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Mom-of-three Diandra Toyos has gone viral with her terrifying story of being followed around at IKEA by two strangers who she suspects were targeting her kids for human trafficking.

As she described in a Facebook post, during a recent trip to IKEA with her mom and three kids, the Southern California mom noticed a "well dressed, middle-aged man" who was "circling the area, getting closer to me and the kids." She says at one point he even came right up to her and her kids: "Instinctively I put myself between he and my mobile son," she writes. "I had a bad feeling."

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Eventually, the stranger was joined by "another man dressed more casually and in his 20s," she writes, who also circled her and her family, while, as Toyos put it, seemingly pretending to shop.

At this point, a frightened Toyos and her mom decided to stop and sit in one of those little display rooms to wait for the men to move on. But weirdly, the men didn't move away from them.

She writes:

So we sat in one of the little display rooms. For close to 30 minutes. And they sat too. They sat down on one of the couches on the display floor that faced us. That was when we knew our gut feeling was right and something was off.

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Then, after they got up, the men got up, too and continued to follow them.

At this point, Toyos says she and her mom kept the three kids very close to them, and after they "got through the maze of IKEA," they reported the men to security. Toyos believes she and her kids were targets of human trafficking.

"This is happening all over," she wrote. "Including the United States. It's in our backyards. I'm reading more and more about these experiences and it's terrifying. If not that, something else shady was obviously going on. Either way, as parents, we NEED to be aware."

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You can read the whole creepy story here:

https://www.facebook.com/diandra.toyos/posts/1399781156755663

Toyos says she wanted to share her story so that other parents would be reminded to take precautions and stay aware when with their kids in public. "When you're in a public place with your kids, please be aware and present so that you don't become a victim," she wrote. "Trust your gut. It's there for a reason."

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However, not everyone is convinced at Diandra Toyos ' read on the situation. According to Snopes.com, a myth-debunking web site, viral stories from parents about "near misses" with human trafficking are quite common on social media. And according to David Finkelhor, head of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, "child abduction rarely occurs in a crowded public venue like that, where help would be easy to muster." Just FYI.

Toyo and her kids safe and sound.
Toyo and her kids safe and sound.

Nevertheless, her post has already been shared over 100,000 times, and wracked up thousands of comments from other parents thanking her.

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Regardless of what could have happened in this one mom's scenario, it's never a bad idea to trust your gut when something doesn't feel right and stay aware of where your kids are at all time. Especially at literal human maze IKEA.