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So I was online hanging out in teenage chat rooms trying to hook up with some underage girls when I had this idea...

Dateline NBC looks to be running yet another sting of online child predators. Seems like every week they do this, so why not just spin off a show of its own?

It's fascinating stuff.

"...like several men in our investigation, he sent her a picture of his penis..."

Really, you know, why not? I have several in my wallet, and a framed 8 x 10 over the fireplace.

"...Just let me drive baby, I'll show you heaven..."

I gotta remember that one.

"...Hey, what size are your boobs?..."


"...A father brings his own small child on what he thinks is a date to have sex with an underage teen..."

Okay, got nothin' on that one.

And almost to a T, all of the guys lie about their age.

Dateline story, more in-depth.

I'm off to a rehearsal.


Jun. 1st, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
I don't get it.
Maybe it's because I'm a girl, or maybe it's because I'm a mom whose pushing 39...but everyone under the age of about 25 looks like a baby to me. I just want to offer them milk and cookies and pat them on the head and ask if they've finished their homework.

So I guess it's easy for me to say that if someone who is (or claims to be) under the age of 18 comes on to you, and you are old enough to be their parent, you should tell them "I'm too old for you. I'm leaving."

And if you are an adult at any age, and a child comes on to you, you should do the same. You're the adult. The fact that the child is mimicing some adult behaviors is no excuse to stop acting like an adult when you ARE one. Children mimic adult behavior all the time. Just because child can use an EZ-bake oven, doesn't mean she's ready to be left home alone with open flame and the recipe for cherries jubilee.

The adult ultimatly has the responsibility.

That said, I think there's something a little sick and predetory about the entrapers on the websites. They take just a little too much joy and delight in what they do. They're just a little to smug and glib and gloaty. They remind me of the cheerleader social bully, who can isolate a particluar person based on an indefensible personal quirk, and use it to gain a feeling of power and attention. "Hey! Look at Bill! Has he even showered this month?" or "Franks picking his nose! Gross! Isn't that disgusting!"

Except now they've found a population that nobody will defend and they get to be sick and warped and mean with impunity, and even look like good guys while doing it. Maybe even think of themselves as good guys.

I do think that the people who prey on our children should be found, arrested, prosecuted, and prevented from re-offending. I would just rather it be done professionally and without malice and certainly not as entertainment or as a way for someone to avoid working out their personal issues of needing to be rightous, or get attention, or be able to feel powerful at the expense of another.

Jun. 1st, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't get it.
I have to agree. The gloaty nature gets to me, as does the treating of every one of these cases the same way. There are some guys that are truly predatory, scarily so, that I think should be locked up with a sadistic guy with a funny accent who likes salt-water sponges and testicular electric current experiments. But there are others who I do think could actually benefit from psychiatric evaluations and treatment.

Some things that got to me from watching last night:

- the guy who brought his young (like six years old) son along on the "date". I just can't fathom the mindset on that one.

- the guy who said that he had met four other young girls previously for sex. That actually frightens me that there actually are 12-14 year old girls that are willing to meet older guys for sex. There is just so much wrong with that I can't begin to deal with it. Where are the parents? What are they doing? Are they so uninvolved in their children's lives that they seek attention through any means necessary? Are they victims of sexual abuse already by the time they get into the chat rooms? Do they ignore their children's sexuality and prefer not to deal with it?

I am glad that I'm not a parent. It scares the hell out of me.

Jun. 1st, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't get it.
I agree with you 100%
Jun. 1st, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't get it.
Sorry, that was me, no anonimity here. I agree with you 100%

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