Florida sex chats
Officers also now are responding to men's ads on dating sites like Plenty Of
Here's the lead-in to the Reuters story: A man in his early 30s was chatting about sex with a 13-year-old South Florida girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day.And the tactics they're using to put alleged sexual offenders in jail are sweeping up large numbers of law-abiding men, too.Many of the men whose mugshots sheriffs have been paraded in made-for-TV press conferences were not seeking to meet children online, according to a yearlong WTSP-TV investigation.Facebook has added sleuthing to its array of data-mining capabilities, scanning your posts and chats for criminal activity.If the social-networking giant detects suspicious behavior, it flags the content and determines if further steps, such as informing the police, are required.Instead, they were looking for other adults when detectives started to persuade them to break the law.
Detectives used to post ads suggesting that an underage teen or child was available for sex but now routinely post more innocuous personal ads of adults on traditional dating sites.
When men, many of them younger than 25 with no criminal history, respond, officers switch the bait and typically indicate their age is really 14 or 15 years old.
However, sometimes the storyline isn't switched until the men, who were looking for legal love, already start falling for an undercover agent.
Facebook's software focuses on conversations between members who have a loose relationship on the social network.
For example, if two users aren't friends, only recently became friends, have no mutual friends, interact with each other very little, have a significant age difference, and/or are located far from each other, the tool pays particular attention.
This type of behavior manifests itself in different ways.