The videos start with the heavy beat of a rap song: "You're done Bud/ We got the chat logs/ You came to meet up with a child, huh?/ Well, give us a smile for the camera." The subjects look invariably ashamed, frightened, pathetic. I'm not a criminal or anything." The cameraman gets angry.They design, manufacture and maintain almost everything people and industries use; from computers, spacecraft and boats, to corkscrews, buildings and chemical reactors.
But as far as the law is concerned, they risk becoming classified as agents of police once they regularly share information; at that point, they would be subject to the strict legal guidelines debated up to the Supreme Court of Canada in the interests of protecting the rights of private, innocent citizens.
Canada isn't the first country to grapple with the issue of online pedophile hunters. K., a 28-year-old man killed himself in 2013 four days after he was arrested by police following a sting by a vigilante group that filmed a confrontation with the man. A Guardian reporter spoke with a middle-aged man whose encounter with a pedophile hunter was posted on You Tube. I have lost my job, I've lost my home, I've lost family, friends, I am a shell of a man," he told the newspaper.
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"It's justice as entertainment," says Benjamin Perrin, a UBC law professor and expert on child sexual exploitation.
"This is a group that is manufacturing a scenario and an investigation and identifying someone who very well may have committed these offences — we don't know that yet.
Police, lawyers and civil rights advocates have issued dire warnings about the possible pitfalls of online vigilantism in the wake of a pair of recent arrests prompted by the investigations of self-appointed citizen cops.
Due process, the presumption of innocence, the legalities of entrapment: face it, those mundane concerns pale in comparison to the excitement of denouncing a creep on Facebook Live.
But doing so in a way that gives themselves publicity and that they seem to take delight in.