A new breed of vigilantes says they’re defending children from predators looking to lure them online – and all they need is a smart phone.
They make fake social media profiles, masquerading as vulnerable teens, to turn the tables on the so-called “creeps.” The online chats turn into real-world confrontations, and the smart phones used to arrange the meet becomes a camera to record the whole thing.
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Critics say the group doesn’t understand the law – and may be motivated less by a pursuit of justice as a pursuit of fame and social media reach, which can lead to money. The young man said he was offering help to a teenager who said he was growing up gay in rural Alberta.
“My feeling was more or less anger towards the people who did this,” said Eric Rajah, the father of one young man targeted near Red Deer, Alberta. The chat logs show the pair is meeting “just as friends.” Rajah said video had caused his 22-year-old son tremendous distress and serious damage to his reputation.
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But a W5 investigation of the largest vigilante network, the Creep Catchers, has found their cameras often don’t tell the whole story.
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