I started to explore this new language and discovered some of the following terms: These terms are not too disturbing if the chat is actually between two 15-year-olds, but how about between a 15-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man posing as a 15-year-old girl, using a chat room name of "littlelucy"?This is a disturbing picture, but one that plays itself out all over the country, hundreds of times every day.
As with most other fields, technology has now provided law enforcement with another tool to assist in the identification and apprehension of online predators.
The "Online Predator Profiling System" or OPPS is a database developed by a company called Adzone Research, Inc.
Dan Wasserman, the managing director of Adzone, told me that OPPS "is a database of chat rooms that our police consultants directed us to monitor specifically, because they have a preponderance of illicit activity.
Sure, I have been using computers for three decades now, and like most of you, I would be totally lost without access to my e-mail accounts. Trying to read what is being said in a chat room is like trying to learn Mandarin Chinese. Some acronyms are simple enough for me to comprehend, like "FYI" meaning "For Your Information." Others require a learning curve, such as "GMTA" (Great Minds Think Alike), or "PMJI" (Pardon Me for Jumping In). It's like what I remember the CB radio to be--a lot people breaking into others' conversations at the click of a button, and the words "Breaker 19, this is Tiny Tom. " The chat rooms that I visited this week were very much the same.
MARSHALS' "OPERATION FALCON III" WASHINGTON--Attorney General Alberto R. Until this week, I had never visited an internet chat room.
Among those arrested during Operation FALCON III were 1,659 fugitive sex offenders, the largest number ever captured in a single law enforcement effort. Over 10% of all the fugitives that were arrested last week were sex offenders! Well, maybe they were, but they just didn't have the "kiddy superstore" that today's predators have: the internet chat rooms.
Clark today announced that a seven-day nationally coordinated fugitive roundup led by the USMS and hundreds of partners from state, local and other federal agencies led to the arrests of 10,773 fugitives. 52nd Street, but certainly 10 % of all my collars were not perverts, were they?
My first collar as a rookie at the NYPD was a "dicky waver" in front of the Four Seasons Restaurant on E.
Yeah, I use Instant Messenger (IM), but I limit my contacts to family and close friends. I already know enough people that I don't want to talk to. I saw lots of people typing at the same time, about different things, and communicating (I think) with multiple people whom they don't know. I also remembered reading, watching TV news, and hearing radio news stories about kids, and even adults being murdered, raped, and otherwise abused by predators that found them through the Internet.