Cambridge Police have gone online to rebut a viral post about an alleged local human-trafficking ring run by Uber drivers - which started not long after Victor Pena's arrest on Tuesday on kidnapping charges in Charlestown on Tuesday:
We want the community to be aware that several residents over the last 12+ hours have shared images of a text message that has been circulating around the region. The image notes there is an investigation into a human trafficking ring being operated out of Cambridge by ride-share drivers and is related to the Olivia Ambrose investigation.
As we have communicated to those who have inquired with us, the Cambridge Police Department has no knowledge of any such information or investigation and the information does not appear to have any validity. If anyone has any questions or concerns about any particular public safety matters, we strongly encourage them to contact us directly for any relevant information.
In the Pena case, ride-sharing services never came up at all - police say Pena guided Ambrose onto the Orange Line at State Street and that they then took the train to Community College, from where, they say, they walked to his apartment in the Bunker Hill development.
As long as they have you, though, police continued their message with several tips on ensuring a safe ride in a ride with a driver you don't know, including:
If you feel unsafe, trust your gut and call 911.