Investigators using the Internet to apprehend sex offenders: Findings from the Second National Juvenile Online Victimization Study.
This paper discusses the types of undercover investigations conducted on the Internet. Computer-assisted telephone interviews were conducted with police about 544 undercover cases ending in arrest for an Internet-related sex crime against a minor in 2006. The two most common types of undercover investigations involved police posing online as minors (76%) and undercover police investigations of child pornography (20%). Additionally, a few investigators were posing as adults having access to minors to sell or wanting to purchase sex with a minor (4%). The findings of this paper are a first step in understanding the efficacy of various types of investigations.
Police Practice and Research: An International Journal
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Mitchell, K.J., Wolak, J., Finkelhor, D., Jones, L. Investigators using the Internet to apprehend sex offenders: Findings from the Second National Juvenile Online Victimization Study. (2012) Police Practice and Research, 13 (3), pp. 267-281.
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