In Greenville, North Carolina, in Pitt County, the latest Internet sex sting netted 36 arrests. It targeted Craigslist Casual Encounters and Backpage.com.
The operation ran for a month. In the first phase, the undercover chatters targeted men they could lure into a meeting with a fictitious minor. In phase two the police targeted men looking for prostitutes on the hookup sites. In phase three the police targeted the prostitutes themselves. The police were amazed at the number of responses, particularly in the prostitution phases.
You have to be nuts to go on Craigslist and even remotely try and hook up with a minor or hooker. These days, I would be willing to bet that most of the people chatting on Craigslist are police undercover detectives. The typical bait and switch goes like this: The police post in the adult section, generally for an encounter as say “W/4/M. This is a lie. They first falsely hold themselves out as an adult woman. When the chat starts they will respond with something like “I hope you are not mad, I am only 14”. If you ever hear of see this…terminate all contact. Do not even consider responding to any chat if the person on the other end is underage. Do not respond even out of curiosity. There are no real young girls on Craigslist. I have handled over 36 sting cases. I have reviewed hundreds of chats. There are no real young girls on that site, ever.
The best way to avoid getting arrested is to not commit a crime. As for Backpage.com, don’t even think about it. You will get rolled, robbed or catch something you will regret. You may hook up only to find out later that you are a blackmail victim. If you want hook up for sex, do it the old fashioned way.
The Internet is a very dangerous place.
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