Cyber Crime and Predators

di Steve Polyakov -
Some of the most serious criminal offenses are crimes of sexual nature and ones that involve minors. Cyber crime is no exception. The anonymity available on the internet gives sexual predators a secure platform to solicit and groom minors. Grooming is the act of gaining a person’s trust with an end goal of abusing them.[1] Predators find minors in anonymous online chat rooms or create fake social media accounts and psychologically manipulate their victims, pretend to be their friend, and listen to their problems, and ultimately end up sexually abusing them either online or in person.[2] In an effort to combat these issues, law enforcement officers have also started making fake...