But beyond the satisfaction, the predator hunters are pleased to know that they will not be automated out of a job.
“It’s the thing that actually put value to my life,” Kyle Welsby, a factory welder who heads Creep Hunters Ontario, told Esquire.
But when Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd was asked about overly aggressive detectives, he went on the offensive."The concern (I have) is that you inflate your investigative reporting to make it glitzy," he said.
Judges also have been critical of some tactics used in the stings, which violate Internet Crimes Against Children guidelines.
However, sometimes the storyline isn't switched until the men, who were looking for legal love, already start falling for an undercover agent.
Officers also now are responding to men's ads on dating sites like Plenty Of
The blurring of legal and ethical lines has led many agencies such as the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and others in south Florida to focus their cybercrime resources in other areas such as child porn and sex trafficking.
According to Esquire, the province has become a hub for amateur sleuths who set up and catch creeps who are trying to arrange sexual liaisons with underage girls.They also provide law enforcement with additional leads."Any way you can take a sexual predator off the street is tremendous, especially those that are online looking at child pornography," said Sheriff Chris Nocco of Pasco County."They may do something physically against a young little kid."But predator stings are still alive in central Florida, operating under Judd, who is head of the Florida Sheriff's Task Force on Internet crimes against children.“Some people think that I’m insane, that I’m mentally off,” he said. I laugh and smile to stay sane.” In Kelso, Wis., Curtis Hart, a self-described member of the pedo-busting Punisher Squad, did a little bit of fishing to find his predator.“I posted a post saying something about being excited for summer vacation and [asking] if any older people wanted to hang out,” Hart told KPTV.