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A missing 16-year-old girl has been found in the United States after using hand signals that went viral on TikTok to show a driver she was in danger.

The girl was inside a silver Toyota when a motorist in another vehicle saw her using gesture which was created to help fight a global increase in domestic violence, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky said.

The driver called 911 after recognizing the meaning of the hand signal and noting that the teenager “appeared to be in distress,” the sheriff’s office added.

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Signal for help: how to use a simple hand gesture

Police then arrested James Herbert Brick, 61, of Cherokee, North Carolina, while driving near a Kentucky freeway on Thursday afternoon.

The teenager found inside the car Brick was driving was reported missing by her parents in Asheville, North Carolina on Tuesday morning, Laurel County Sheriff John Root said in a statement.

The girl, who has not been named, told agents she had traveled with The Brick through North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.

The gesture that went viral on TikTok and social media last year is to lift your palm before tucking your thumb in and closing your fingers.

It was launched by the US-based Women’s Funding Network and the Canadian Women’s Foundation during the early days of the pandemic to help tackle an increase in domestic violence as lockdown measures were in place .

For example, it could allow a person to silently alert a family member, friend or coworker during a video call or when they answer the door.

Tips for using the gesture have spread across the world using social media.

The hand gesture was suggested to women as a way to get help in the UK after the murder of Sarah Everard sparked a conversation about women’s safety.

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James Herbert Brick was arrested after the teenager in his car used the simple hand gesture

In the case of the girl who used the gesture in the United States, investigators also found a phone in Brick’s possession that “allegedly portrayed a young woman in a sexual manner,” Sheriff Root said.

The Brick faces charges of unlawful imprisonment and possession of material showing sexual performance by a minor over the age of 12 but under the age of 18, according to the sheriff’s office.

He is being held at Laurel County Correctional Center on a cash bond of $ 10,000 (£ 7,408).

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