Every month in Florida in 2016,so far, there has been another Internet Sex Sting.
There is a fine line between preventing and detecting criminal activity and actually creating it. No one wants kids being seduced on the Internet. We as parents are the front line defense against that. What law enforcement has done in Florida in the last few years however it to actually engage in a pattern of seduction. Police regularly troll social media sites like Grinder.com, Meetme.com, Adam4Adam.com and Whisper.com looking for profiles to contact. This is not a situation where predators are contacting kids. In many of the cases, the undercover police are the predators. They go on adult sites, posing as adults and initiate contact with adults. After the initial contact they will say something like “I have a confession to make, I am only 14”. The police then go on to induce and entice the adult. In a moment of weakness some men fall for this and do not terminate contact.
The police are targeting weak men, luring them into compromising conversations and text exchanges.
The police often invite the men to travel to them and tell them to bring condoms, candy or gifts.
This is just the opposite of what law enforcement should be doing.
Creating crime is entrapment.
The public needs to be educated and enlightened as to what is actually happening in these sex crime cases.
The Internet is a dangerous place. It is dangerous for children and it is particularly dangerous for shy introverted young men who fall for this type of police entrapment. What needs to happen is a concerted effort to educate kids at an early age about the dangers. The police should be in schools lecturing. The police should be educating parents. In almost every one of the sex stings the police arrest many men who were not looking for an encounter with a child.
They are not catching the real criminals. They are creating sex offenders and destroying lives.
Who makes the initial contact?
Who first brings up sex?
Who first suggests or invites travel?
Who breaks off contact and is hesitant?
Who reinitiates contact?
Who asks to talk on the phone?
Who initially lies about age?
Who posts a deceptive profile?
Who posts an altered picture?
Who asks for a picture to be sent?
These are all questions that have to be answered. Many lives are destroyed by this type of entrapment. Families are broken up with long prison sentences. Men are labeled sex offenders for life. Men are forced to wear electronic monitors and parents often watch a son’s life turned upside down by a moment of weakness.