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July 11, 2013

Police say door-to-door salesman not affiliated with sex trafficking

ENID, Okla. — Enid Police Department is assuring citizens the background of a door-to-door salesman operating in the area is being exaggerated.

A rumor has circulated that the salesman peddling educational books and the company he works for are involved in sex trafficking.

“To all citizens of Enid regarding the concerns about door-to-door sales of educational books and the company being involved in child sex trafficking,” an EPD release states. “The male individual selling the books has a valid local solicitor’s license, as required by law, and also has presented a valid state of Oklahoma Tax Permit number issued by the state of Oklahoma.”

It continues: “A records check was completed concerning the individual, which is a standard procedure, before approving any solicitor’s permit and no criminal history was found concerning this individual.”

The company the man works for is “The Southwestern Company,” based in Nashville, Tenn., according to the release.

“Checking through the Better Business Bureau, it was found that the company is accredited through them and has been so since 1961 and has an A-plus rating,” Capt. Jack Morris said in the release. “Also, nothing has been found that associates the company with any kind of human trafficking.”

Enid Police Department urges all citizens to be cautious when dealing with door-to-door salespersons, as there are some who do not follow the law and could be of concern, the release states.

“As of this time, ‘The Southwestern Company’ has followed the rules and are lawfully permitted to sell within the city limits of Enid,” Morris said. “Also, we have not received any reports of any abductions, or attempted abductions, relating to this particular company, at this time.”

Morris said the department would like to remind all citizens at times door-to-door sales persons can be pushy and at times seem to not take no for an answer, and give the impression they won’t leave.

“If this occurs or anything else you believe to be suspicious or of concern, inform the salesperson you are contacting the police,” he said. “Then close your door and contact us, so we can investigate the situation.”

Those with any concerns or questions can contact the Enid Police Department at (580) 242-7000.

“As always, if you see or feel something is suspicious, please contact us, so we can take appropriate action,” Morris said.

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