Time for some anti-scary internet: here's a story where Facebook saves the day. A crime victim used that social network to call for help.
"The victim’s smart phone did not have service to call out when she was being held, but she was able to access Facebook and contact her brother when she was in a Wi-Fi hotspot...The brother, who lives in Florida, contacted an agency in Little Egg Harbor, where his family lives."
There's a grim crime story behind this, independent of cyberspace:
Apparently the victim had been in a South Jersey jail "for allegedly taking a car without the owner’s permission." An inmate said her ex-boyfriend could bail her out, but when Trenace McCarroll did bail her out, he told the 30-year-old woman that she'd have to pay him back. According to the Record, "The victim told officers she was held against her will, under threat to her life, and was forced to perform several acts of prostitution throughout Bergen County for a week and a half."
The story's happy ending has an extra level, when played against the usual social-media-is-evil meme.
(thanks to Steven Kaye)