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By Rebecca Ryan - Wcbd

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Parents in Westcott Plantation tell News 2 a woman selling books is going door to door asking questions about the children who live in the homes.  Some parents fear the worst, and on social media sites claim the foreign woman could be looking to abduct children. 

News 2’s Rebecca Ryan investigated and found out, there’s no reason to be alarmed.

Several young people from colleges around the world have come to the United States to work for American companies.  One of those companies is Tennessee based, Southerwestern. It’s a company that sells books for school aged children. The women work for the summer selling the books door to door, and they say the money they earn pays for college tuition.

“We get up and have a strong breakfast,” Triin Kutberg, law student, said. “For me it means meeting tons and tons of people every day.”

Triin is a 24-year-old law school student from Estonia. She decided to come to America for the summer to work and see the world. 

“This is my adventure,” she said with a huge smile. “I'm discovering America though American homes.”

Triin said this is her last summer before graduation, and she wanted to explore the United States before she is locked into a full time career.

“What is the American dream is about? What better way to discover the American dream than knocking on doors,” she joked.

Some parents fear the book sellers may be up to no good.  On social media sites like Facebook, parents claim the women are scoping out neighborhood children to abduct. Some residents worry the women are breaking laws.  In certain neighborhoods, the police say there are no soliciting signs.  In others, the women are acting within the bounds of the law.

Police in Westcott were called on August 14 in reference to a woman going door to door.

“She does have a permit and business license for the magazine sales, and she is wearing a company ID with a picture on it and her name,” North Charleston police confirmed. “No law has been violated.”

The family who hosts Triin and another woman said perhaps some of the confusion is a response to language barriers. The women are both learning English. It could also stem from missing social cues.

The college students have already left the area and will head back to their home countries in September.

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