The discussion about Florida child predator stings continues. For those of you who haven’t been following there seems to be a small but vocal minority of people in Florida who believe the craigslist and social networking stings that many Florida law enforcement agencies employ are nothing more than entrapment and money grabs for federal grants. I received an e-mail from one of those people. Since he sent me the e-mail with no snark or attitude I will reply to him in kind.
First the e-mail…
trench, if these stings were about trying to catch real predators, it would be one thing, but when it becomes more about the number of arrests they need to make to continue to let the money flowing then it is fraud. Catch the predators, hell yea, society will not tolerate those who prey upon children, but during these stings they need to ensure that they are catching the right people! They are not and that is the problem and the information we have proves this. I would like to work with you on things if you’d give it a shot. I think you have a lot of information that is useful. Let’s catch the real bad guys. Give it a chance!
I can appreciate someone who is willing to discuss any topic in a calm and rational matter. However the e-mail, in my opinion, omits one glaring detail.
For the sake of argument let’s say that police posing as minors on craigslist did initiate conversations of a sexual nature with potential suspects on craigslist, or whatever website. While that possibly can be construed as entrapment the alleged perpetrators are still going to the meeting places with the intent of having sex with minors. Police are not ripping these guys out of their homes and none of them are going to the meeting place to rescue, lecture, or hang out with their potential victims.
While they may have legal recourse in regards to entrapment in my opinion they are morally still predators.