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BBB warns of door-to-door sales

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The Better Business Bureau says door-to-door salespeople could be victims of human trafficking.

The BBB of Middle Tennessee says sellers are typically promised travel, hotel stays and money doing door-to-door sales, but for some it can be a trap in which they end up far from home. And getting home depends on making a sales quota.

Nashville resident Jonathan Hoda said a young man came to his door selling cleaning products from a company called "Opportunity Sales."

Hoda did an internet search on the company.

"I looked it up on my phone … and just story after story came up," Hoda said.

WMC-TV in Memphis did a story in 2013 on the same company in which teenagers sold magazines door-to-door for Opportunity Sales. Customers never received those magazines.

The BBB says they went out of business last year, but Hoda said a second young man claiming to be from the company came to his door just last week.

“We've seen a lot of the labor trafficking with kids usually 11 or 12,” said Kathleen Calligan with the BBB. “Nine out of 10 times, that person has been picked up out of state and they're with a group of kids."

The BBB would like to point out that not all door-to-door sales are a scam. If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking or are trapped yourself, there's 24-hour hot line to get help at 1-855-558-6484.

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