Does a viral video show a hidden underground route used for "trafficking"? No, that's not true: The video shows an old, now-defunct salt mine in Romania. It's open to the public and functions as a museum.
go do y'all's research on these under ground tunnels for trafficking and escape from what's coming!! it's nuts!!
The clip's caption continued:
#fyp #foryourpage #humantraffickingawareness #itsrealpeople
This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:
(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Jan 10 14:58:50 2024 UTC)
The video didn't show anything that would confirm that this particular location was a crime scene used for human trafficking -- it included only generic shots of the space.
Google Maps (archived here) confirmed the mine's location. One image (archived here) uploaded on Google Maps showed the same hexagon-shaped tunnel with the same white semi-spherical object at the end of it as in the video in question.
Now defunct, the salt mine is one of the major tourist attractions in the area. A photo (archived here) from the museum's website (archived here) shows the same unique geometry of the space with characteristic wooden rails marking the visitors' route, providing additional proof of the location.
Lead Stories previously debunked other claims linking videos of well-known tunnels to some purported secret trafficking schemes; for example, social media posts once mislabeled the footage from a transportation tunnel in the Alps.
Lead Stories fact checks also addressed other variations of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory about "children in tunnels." Those stories can be found here.