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Wayfair denied on Friday that it was selling expensive furniture on its website as a cover for trafficking.

A conspiracy theory is circulating on social media claiming that Wayfair’s website was being used for sex trafficking. (Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

On Thursday, a Reddit user posted a screenshot of Wayfair’s website showing five-person lockers with people’s names for products, suggesting that expensive cabinets were really people for sale.

A screengrab of Wayfair’s alleged website posting cabinets with human names being sold for upwards of $12,000 each.

“There is, of course, no truth to these claims,” Susan Frechette, a Wayfair spokeswoman told FOX Business in an email Friday. “The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced.”

A post on a user-posted Reddit conspiracy theory thread that often contains little evidence has cast doubt on whether Wayfair’s expensive new cabinet collection is evidence of child trafficking for sexual purposes. The topic caused a wave of comments on social networks on Friday.

“Is it possible Wayfair involved in Human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? Or are these just extremely overpriced cabinets? (Note the names of the cabinets) this makes me sick to my stomach if it’s true,” one Redditor user named PrincessPeach1987 posted.

Proponents of the Wayfair conspiracy theory also encouraged people to use the Russian search engine to find a storage unit number (SKU) that matches Wayfair products that supposedly return images of children in bathing suits, Newsweek reports. But SKU searches do not show images of one child, which are not consistent with the claim that Wayfair SKUs store data related to the child being bought, the publication explained.

Since then, the company has removed product images from its website and announced that it plans to rename products.

The screenshot, which was shared through social media, shows four storage cabinets with products named Neriah, Yaritza, Samiyah and Alyvia ranging in price between $12,699.99 and $14,499.99.

“Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price point, we have temporarily removed the products from site to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point,” said Frechette.

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