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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 03:43 pm (UTC)
From what I can tell, the Perverted Justice folks (who I am not a big fan of) have some pretty strict rules of contact. They aren't allowed to initiate conversations-- apparently there is no need, for as soon as they sign into a chatroom as "14/f" they get inundated with so many chat windows it sometimes crashed their computers.

I don't know. What I see on the show are guys who know that they are making explicit sexual comments to who they think are 12-14 year old girls (or boys) and arranging to meet them specifically to have sex. There's something really wrong with that, and it should be addressed; I don't think this is necessarily the best way to do it, but I don't have a better answer.

The other part that makes me wonder:

Perverted Justice has some pretty stringent guidelines about what they are allowed to do, who initiates contact and so on. They work with police to arrest these guys.

But what's to stop another more underground vigilante organization from running the same sort of stings, perhaps without such stringent rules about first contact? And instead of working with police, they decide to mete out their own form of punishment, like perhaps with hedge clippers or enhanced cattle prods?
Jun. 1st, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
From the article, they still seem to ask the guys to get naked, to expose themselves on camera, to insist they show up, etc... so they do push the guys buttons, even if they don't start the conversation... where an "innocent" teenager would (we hope) be dodging the conversation at some point... but teenagers also aren't as innoncent as we would like to think. They think they're being adults and they are just getting themselves in trouble.

Yes definitively this is an issue that needs to be addressed and I don't have a better suggestion either, but what they do is shady and like you said, it could lead to worst "social cleaning" organizations.

It's a terrible situation no matter how we look at it.

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