djohns54at May 07,2015 @klevan and @mariawhit8 - I would think that the predetors would claim entrapment, but how could they? If they did it with an actual child and got away with it they wouldn't come forth and say hey I've commuted these acts arrest me! Also, if these guys can claim entrapment then why can't the creeps that get caught on Dateline claim entrapment. The act in itself is illegal to begin with and just because they got caught by way of unconventional means doesn't make it excusable. I mean the criminals find various ways to commit these acts and it's our duty to just as innovative to catch and stop them and relieve these kids of the abuse and damages that it caused by it.
pseagrenat June 07,2015 Unfortunately many adults are not aware of the negative aspects of the internet and how dangerous it can be for them, or their children. As stated in the video, it is very hard to prosecute these crimes unless they are caught in the act which can be very resource intensive. As a result, many of the poorer countries do not have the resource needed to help reduce child predators or those who employ the children. This video should be shared by all to help make others more aware of the horrifying crimes that go on in our world.
Emmereetat June 07,2015 It was only a matter of time when cyber crime would move from laptops and desktops to smartphones. Smartphones are so widely used and store information from almost all aspect of our lives. Gaining unauthorized access to it, is like hitting a jackpot for criminals. Also, believing that iOS is immune to viruses is a false sense of security in my mind and IPhone users should pay as much attention to the security of their phones as Android users. As a final thought, it simply gives me chills thinking about someone hacking into my personal phone and recording and videotaping me without my knowledge. All though I was aware of the possibility of that happening, after watching this video, I will definitely make keeping my smartphone secured as one of my top priorities.
Emmereetat June 14,2015 It is absolutely shocking and sickening to see how many people all over the world were ready to exploit a ten year old online as soon as she logged on! I am glad that they are able to use technology to at the minimum identify and hopefully with more laws accepting this kind of evidence in the courtrooms to also catch all of these pedophiles real soon.
achanthaat July 01,2015 @klevan I think it would be very difficult for someone to prove that they thought Sweetie was a virtual representation all along. As soon as Sweetie entered the chat room and stated that she was a 10 year old girl – she was swarmed by men who outlined their exact intentions with her. I highly doubt that any of the men who messaged her stopped to think “Hey, this might be a virtual representation of a little girl – let me stop while I’m ahead.” They knew she was 10 yet proceeded to message her anyway. During persecution, I think the chat logs between the men and Sweetie is very important in ensuring that these men are punished. Just like in NBC’s show, “How to Catch a Predator,” it’s hard for the men to deny accusations when Chris Hanson is reading dialogue from their chat.