Brodcasting chat rooms for teenagers
One out of every five children ages 10 to 17 receive sexual solicitations online, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children."The Internet is a great place, but there are certain parts of town you don't want to be," said Arnold Bell, chief of the FBI's Innocent Images unit." The agents save transcripts of the online conversations, photographs that get exchanged and telephone numbers that are revealed, intentionally or not.These introductory conversations, in some cases, lead to illegal activity; but the ease with which they're made show how large a problem looms.They take a suggestive screen name, go into a chat room and wait to be contacted. He said he was aware of only one case that was tossed out of court in which a state investigator, posing as a mother, was found to have improperly lured the defendant by aggressively pushing him to get involved with her children.More often, authorities struggle to keep pace with the availability of sexually explicit pictures of children and a lingering view among the public that what advocates and police call child pornography often is women dressing up to appear younger, said Ernie Allen, the missing and exploited children center's president. Yet, Pinellas County deputies say it can also be the perfect spot for predators to meet kids. Think about a combination between old school AOL chat rooms and Skype.
The undercover agent chatted with one man for more than an hour.Seconds after she announces her presence in an online chat room, the girl is besieged by a half-dozen men who want to know more about her. " one man asks, after about a dozen quick exchanges that begin with her age (13) and why she is home on a school day (illness).The edgy online banter is taking place in an AOL chat room ostensibly for women who like older men, but known as a forum for men who want to make contact with girls.He said he had three grandchildren and asked whether the 13-year-old had a computer in her bedroom, a setup that would allow her easier access with less parental interference.While this man mainly avoided risque questions and answers, the undercover agent regarded him as the most promising prospect for engaging in darker, possibly illegal exchanges, should they meet again online.
Agents use chats and other more private exchanges to seek out potential pedophiles and pornographers.