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SimonMac
22nd April 2013, 15:08
Paedophile Hunting Group Leads To Arrests (http://news.sky.com/story/1081356/paedophile-hunting-group-leads-to-arrests)


A group of parents who aim to trap potential paedophiles by posing as teenagers online has told Sky News it is providing a valuable service.

The mothers and fathers from the Midlands have set up around 80 fake profiles on Facebook, chatrooms and dating websites pretending to be underage girls.

They then collect information about possible sex offenders and arrange to meet them.

Instead of a teenage girl turning up, the target is confronted by a team of adults, a video camera and a dossier of the alleged offences.

Police have confirmed that four arrests have been made as a result of the video evidence gathered by the group.

This can only end badly!

Scoobos
22nd April 2013, 15:14
There's a TV show in America which does this, and I hate to say it - but its brilliant viewing watching them squirm.

MyUserName
22nd April 2013, 15:15
Paedophile Hunting Group Leads To Arrests (http://news.sky.com/story/1081356/paedophile-hunting-group-leads-to-arrests)



This can only end badly!

I would be happier if they just passed the information to the police and let the police arrest them when they turned up to meet the underage girls.

vetran
22nd April 2013, 15:28
I would be happier if they just passed the information to the police and let the police arrest them when they turned up to meet the underage girls.

you mean the police would get the day & time right, that would surprise me.

Scoobos
22nd April 2013, 15:33
A 999 call made whilst chasing 2 kids who have robbed a jewelry store with bats n stuff, won't get anyone to you until at least 5 hours later.

Happened to me, I caught one of the kids, had him restrained for 20 minutes whilst on the phone waiting for the police to call. that was at 4:15pm.

I got a call at 9:55 that night asking if I could give a description..

Letting go of that lad was like letting go of something you thought would explode, I have never ran so fast in my life getting away!.

And I was mad for 40+ people outside just watching doing nothing...

KentPhilip
22nd April 2013, 15:37
A 999 call made whilst chasing 2 kids who have robbed a jewelry store with bats n stuff, won't get anyone to you until at least 5 hours later.

Happened to me, I caught one of the kids, had him restrained for 20 minutes whilst on the phone waiting for the police to call. that was at 4:15pm.

I got a call at 9:55 that night asking if I could give a description..

Letting go of that lad was like letting go of something you thought would explode, I have never ran so fast in my life getting away!.

And I was mad for 40+ people outside just watching doing nothing...

Well done that man! :yay:

You could have said that you had shot him - that would have got the police round fast enough..

rhubarb
22nd April 2013, 15:41
There's a TV show in America which does this, and I hate to say it - but its brilliant viewing watching them squirm.

To Catch A Predator.
Plenty of it on youtube.

d000hg
22nd April 2013, 15:45
The 4 arrests... are they the people entrapping people online? Has any crime been committed by arranging to meet someone who claims to be a child?

VectraMan
22nd April 2013, 16:04
The 4 arrests... are they the people entrapping people online? Has any crime been committed by arranging to meet someone who claims to be a child?

Isn't "grooming" a specific offence now, although quite how that's defined I don't know.

d000hg
22nd April 2013, 16:05
Probably it is. If you groom a bunch of 40-year-old men is that a crime though?

OwlHoot
22nd April 2013, 16:10
The 4 arrests... are they the people entrapping people online? Has any crime been committed by arranging to meet someone who claims to be a child?

If not then perhaps there should be another group who pretend to be paedos, to trap the people trying to trap the paedos.

If would be quite comical filming two the groups confronting each other. :laugh

minestrone
22nd April 2013, 16:11
There will be a lot of people setting up peado bashing groups now.

northernladuk
22nd April 2013, 16:14
Probably it is. If you groom a bunch of 40-year-old men is that a crime though?

Only if you can be sure from the start the other person is just that. Strike up a conversation with a real teenager and they turn up to a meet or something it is all going to go horribly wrong. Messing up while trying to do the right thing isn't going to be much of a defense even if they were doing it for the right reasons.

I applaud their willingness to tackle this but I can't see it ending well in every case. Very dodgy ground.

VectraMan
22nd April 2013, 16:21
There must be more teenagers pretending to be adults than the other way around (because that's what teenagers do - want to grow up). Imagine if you made an online friend (if there is such a thing) over a completely innocent shared interest, agreed to meet up in an entirely non-sex capacity and they turned out to be a 13 year old girl? How guilty are you?

Probably not at all, but the vigilante squad won't give you the benefit of the doubt.

Zippy
22nd April 2013, 17:13
Probably it is. If you groom a bunch of 40-year-old men is that a crime though?

Some of us have been doing it for a while, but have yet to have a visit from the rozzers :D

MarillionFan
22nd April 2013, 17:39
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APG0rNedEwk