PervertedJustice.com: Keeping Your Children Safe Online
Written by: Jaclyn Popola
Since it's creation in June 2004, PervertedJustice.com has been one of many initiatives operating at the forefront of online safety. Adult-citizen contributers fight daily against internet sex predators and the organized pedophilia movements present on the Internet. Chat rooms and social networking sites such as MySpace are fertile ground for predators, usually men, seeking out young children. Sometimes they are looking for cybersex, or to exchange pornographic images (both of which are illegal when doing so with a minor). This is bad enough, but sometimes they are looking for more--much more. Take the case of Kacie Rene Woody, for instance. Kacie, an outgoing and friendly 13-year old girl from Greenbriar, Arkansas, was abducted from her home in December 2002, and murdered by a 47-year old San Diego man she had met in a Christian chat room. She was raped and shot in the head before being found chained to the floor in the back of Dave Fuller's van. The suspect shot himself in the head before authorities could arrest him.
The creation of the internet has opened up a whole new world for criminals to roam around in. PJ's tireless volunteers scour the net as decoys, posing as 12- or 13-year olds, hoping to attract the attention of a predator before a real 13-year old does. Once they make contact, all chat logs, photographs, and webcam images exchanged between the predator and the decoy are recorded. If, throughout the course of the conversation(s), the predator solicits the minor for sex in any way, PJ hands all evidence over to local authorities and works with police so that an arrest can be made and a conviction attained. PJ.com then posts the personal information, recorded chat logs, and conviction status on their website. They are perfectly within their legal right and have no qualms about doing so. And why should they? These men hide behind their anonymity, committing acts they know are wrong and immoral but using the Internet to remain faceless. They give up their right to that anonymity when they start using it to lure and manipulate.
fleet_captain_jaime_wolfe (1:35:56 PM): Oh? Well, how old are you?
sadlilgrrl (1:36:16 PM): i'm almost 14.
But that doesn't stop him from proceeding with vulgar and inappropriate questions:
fleet_captain_jaime_wolfe (1:55:54 PM): Do you understand what you will do for me?
sadlilgrrl (1:56:03 PM): i'll do what you tell me to do.
fleet_captain_jaime_wolfe (1:56:15 PM): Anything I tell you?
sadlilgrrl (1:56:28 PM): yes
fleet_captain_jaime_wolfe (1:56:38 PM): You do know I am looking for a sex-slave, right? Do you want to be that sex-slave?
sadlilgrrl (1:57:08 PM): yes
fleet_captain_jaime_wolfe (1:57:14 PM): Are you sure about that?
sadlilgrrl (1:57:34 PM): yes. ill do anything to stop feeling so empty.
After being confronted, the suspect is then told he is being filmed for Dateline NBC, and that he may leave. Upon doing so, local authorities are on-site to make the arrest. Men ranging in age from 19 to 65 have shown up at the house bringing condoms, alcohol, adult films, handcuffs and more. Upon a vehicle search, one man was found to have rope and duct tape in his possession. Another man undressed in the adjoining garage and entered the home completely naked. No signed release is needed to air this footage on national television. As media entities, as long as they information they post is true, neither MSNBC and PervertedJustice.com are not breaking a single law.
Keep your children safe by monitoring what they do online. Take advantage of available safety procedures (providers like America OnLine allow parents to select age appropriate settings that prohibit users from entering certain online areas.) Encourage teens to withhold identifiers such as location and what school they attend on sites like MySpace and Friendster. Tell your children to NEVER give out personal information such as address, phone number or even last name while in chat rooms. There's a fine line between protecting your children and invading their privacy, but it's a line worth walking if it means keeping them safe.