A well-known US YouTuber is abducting children to prove to parents how easily their kids can be snatched by a real predator.
With more than 700 children kidnapped in the US each day, YouTube star JoeySalads hoped the child abduction social experiment promoted awareness of stranger danger.
After gaining permission to put ‘their kids to the test’, parents were horrified as they watched their children easily led away from a park by ‘stranger’ JoeySalads.
The video, uploaded to YouTube, gained more than 3 million views in less than 24 hours.
JoeySalads – who has gained internet fame thanks to his prank videos – approached the parents first to ask permission to talk to their child.
When asked how often they warned their children about talking to strangers, each parent said “everyday” and commented that their child would run back to them and not talk to JoeySalads.
However, each child was prepared to leave with a stranger when offered to “go and see more puppies”.
The video has been uploaded to raise awareness of child abduction, telling viewers that “one share could save a life”.
“Over 700 children are abducted a day, that’s over a quarter a million a year – are your kids safe?” JoeySalads said at the end of the video.