Wayfair: ‘No Truth’ to Child Sex Trafficking Claims

Andrew Cummings
July 13, 2020

"There is, of course, no truth to these claims", the company's spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

This rumor appears to have originated on the "conspiracy" section of Reddit on July 9, 2020.

According to social media, Wayfair is listing furniture items under their WFX Utility collection as a cover up for child sex trade.

Another user agreed, sharing screenshots showing missing persons' names matching Wayfair products.

So I just shared a post about kids being sold on Wayfair so I looked it up and it's legit they're really trafficking kids on that site we needa make this known! However, the SKU searches don't show images of a single child, which does not support the sex trafficking theory.

Of course, Wayfair has denied all these claims.

The speculation was apparently kicked off on Reddit with user PrincessPeach1987 posting a screenshot of the furniture seller's WFX Utility cabinet collection to the site's r/conspiracy forum that highlighted the sky-high prices (between $12,699.99 and $14,499.99 for a single cabinet) and the odd names - like Samiyah, Alyvia, Yaritza, and Neriah - which allegedly matched the names of missing children.

"Recognizing that the photographs and descriptions offered by the provider didn't adequately clarify the excessive worth level, we have now quickly eliminated the merchandise from website to rename them and to offer a extra in-depth description and photographs that precisely depict the product to make clear the value level".

This post led to other users combing the Wayfair website in search of other oddities.

One Twitter user who posted videos about what was happening included a disclaimer saying he wasn't claiming to know human trafficking was going on, he just wanted to show people why Wayfair was trending. In a statement to Newsweek, however, Wayfair noted that these were industrial grade cabinets, and that they had been accurately priced.

"They deleted everything off their site an hour or two ago". My friend took screenshots of the whole lot she may. Seems like they are absolutely scrambling at this point.

In chat conversations with Newsweek, PrincessPeach1987 reportedly mentioned they had been "concerned in a neighborhood group that helps victims of human trafficking" and had develop into "suspicious more often than not now" consequently.

PrincessPeach1987 also characterized their initial post as less of a direct accusation and more of an effort to "see if anyone else had more details", Newsweek said. Employees protested the income and Wayfair's shares dropped as the news broke. also facing a boycott and an employee strike for selling beds to the Trump administration's immigration detention centers.

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