The Lake Shastina Police Department acknowledged today that it has received two reports of a woman who has visited residences attempting to sell books and asking questions about children in the homes.

The Lake Shastina Police Department acknowledged today that it has received two reports of a woman who has visited residences attempting to sell books and asking questions about children in the homes.

Danika Barr, a Lake Shastina resident with children, said the woman visited her home on Aug. 28 selling "age specific" books. Barr said the woman wasn't pushy and she wasn't particularly worried until she heard rumors that such instances may be related to child trafficking.

Mike Wilson, Lake Shastina's Chief of Public Safety, said trafficking isn't a common problem in Siskiyou County, but in larger cities it can be an issue. He cautioned people from giving out personal information to anyone, whether they're at the door or on the phone.

"Recent information posted on social media sites such as Facebook leave several parents throughout our nation concerned about rings of foreign people posing as book sellers gathering information about children as part of a human trafficking plot," said Wilson in a press release. "While the validity of this information has been questioned on websites such as Snopes.com it is important to remain alert to the possibility that criminals often gather personal information to commit a variety of crimes including thefts, identity theft, and fraud."

Wilson said officers will be on patrol in the coming days attempting to locate the woman to ensure she has a valid business license with a solicitor's permit.

In Siskiyou County, a person selling door to door must have their business license application approved by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department.

Wilson described the woman as in being in her early 20s, about 5'5" with a thin build, reddish hair and an eastern European accent. She may be driving a newer model white or gold four door car, such as a Ford Fusion or Taurus. She represents a company called Southwestern Advantage.

The reports came from homes that are at "significant distances" from each other throughout Lake Shastina, Wilson said. In one reported case, the woman "aggressively tried to persuade the homeowner to let her inside their home."

Wilson asks people who have had a solicitor at their residence to report it to local law enforcement. "In addition, you may consider asking the person to see their business license and identification. Look to see if they have a vehicle parked in the area and if at all possible obtain the license plate number," Wilson said.

The Lake Shastina Police Department can be reached at (530) 938-4113.