‘It was a woman of a different ethnicity than the child, this little toddler she had, and something didn’t click…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., backtracked on her recent claim that she helped thwart a human trafficking attempt at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport after Phoenix police disputed her story.
McCain, the co-chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, told KTAR News in a radio interview last week that she witnessed a child being taken away in the airport.
“I came in from a trip I’d been on and I spotted—it looked odd—it was a woman of a different ethnicity than the child, this little toddler she had, and something didn’t click with me,” McCain said. “I went over to the police and told them what I saw, and they went over and questioned her, and, by God, she was trafficking that kid.”
McCain added that the woman she confronted was “waiting for the guy who bought the child to get off an airplane.”
But Phoenix police said McCain’s story is inaccurate.
Sgt. Armando Carbajal told KTAR that officers conducted a “welfare check” on a child at the airport at McCain’s request, but found “no evidence of criminal conduct or child endangerment.”
McCain apologized on Twitter for repeating a false, misleading story.
At Phoenix Sky Harbor, I reported an incident that I thought was trafficking. I commend the police officers for their diligence. I apologize if anything else I have said on this matter distracts from “if you see something, say something”
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) February 7, 2019