Wayfair’s Sex Trafficking Controversy: Conspiracy Theory or Truth?

Aymes Sarah
4 min readJul 11, 2020

Is this viral story fact or fiction?

Photo by Tom Radetzki on Unsplash

UPDATE: Two of the girls who have been wrongfully connected to this “scandal”, have contacted me via social media to ask me to remove their stories and names.

These girls are being harassed online and contacted by worried relatives daily. Please refrain from contacting the girls mentioned in the screenshots I linked to. They want to be left alone and are entitled to their privacy.

Originally known as CNS Stores, Wayfair is an American e-commerce company that sells furniture and home accessories. They usually have reasonable prices.

Lately, it has been discovered that Wayfair had some rather pricey items on their website.

The internet is going crazy over the possibility that Wayfair is using their website to sell young girls.

The Theory

There is a girl named Yaritza Castro who has been missing from Harwinton, Connecticut since June 10th, 2020.

A “Redditor” discovered that Wayfair recently advertised a cabinet priced at $12,699 and listed it with the name: “Yaritza Storage Cabinet”.

The Reddit post also includes a missing girl named Samara Duplessis who disappeared from her yard in Southfield, Michigan.

Wayfair had an ad on their site for a throw pillow called “The Duplessis Zodiac Sign Astrological Constellation Personalized Throw Pillow”.

The price of the pillow? $9999.99.

The online sleuth took screenshots of the ads before Wayfair removed them. There were five missing girls mentioned but I couldn’t confirm if two of the five girls in the screenshot are actually missing, so I will not be mentioning their names.

Wayfair has dismissed the claims by internet sleuths and a representative had this to say on behalf of the company:

“There is, of course, no truth to these claims, the products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced. Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price point, we have temporarily removed the products from the website to rename…



Aymes Sarah

Wife, mother, and researcher of a myriad of subjects. I love to write about anything and everything! Writer for The Startup, Better Marketing, & The Ascent👊