Once limited to luring victims in the street, traffickers can now message thousands of people through Instagram, Facebook, Kik, Tagged and Twitter, with Whats App and Snapchat some of the latest tools in their arsenal. traffickers can make thousands of dollars off that girl very quickly,” said Andrea Powell, founder and director of FAIR Girls, a U.S.-based NGO which helps trafficked girls worldwide, including Nicole.The alleged predators were identified using a combination of personal information they willingly offered researchers posing as “Sweetie” during the course of their chats, and freely available information researchers were subsequently able to find online, such as social media accounts and discussion forum postings.
Defendant Sentenced to Life in Prison for Child Molest: In January 2000, a male defendant was sentenced to 141 years-to-life in prison.
An investigation by the San Diego Police Department and the local FBI uncovered a videotape and photographs of the defendant molesting a young child.
He posted the video and photos of the molests on the Internet.
Following a jury trial by prosecutor Jeffrey Dort, the defendant was convicted of 39 counts.
Powell, accompanying Nicole to the Trust Women conference on trafficking and women’s rights this week run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, said a growing trend in the United States is to use Whats App or Snapchat where messages evaporate over time.
“In some cases you have really stupid traffickers who leave mountains and mountains of email trails,” said Powell.In fact, AOL quietly shut down its UK open chatrooms earlier this year, it emerged last night.The company said it responded to fears about paedophiles targeting children and felt it could not properly monitor email conversations.The move - to be announced today by the US giant's British operation MSN UK - was welcomed as "momentous" by children's charities who urged other Internet services to follow suit.Microsoft's decision follows growing evidence that child molesters and rapists are using chatrooms to "groom" young victims.“But most of the time everything’s done through different applications on different sites so law enforcement is having to learn how to use these …