CBN News. Wednesday, February 15, 2012
At any given moment, experts believe tens of thousands of sexual predators are surfing online.
At the same time, only about 1,000 investigators are going after them. However, there’s a new program aimed at taking the bad guys off the Internet.
The traditional tools of policing, a car and a weapon, are no longer adequate for the new crimes that have come with new technology.
Today’s sexual predators merely have to go online for a few minutes to find a young victim.
“It used to be they would be guarded in their conversations in words they would use in starting to talk with a potential victim,” Bedford County, Va. Sheriff Mike Brown, said.
Brown oversees these cases in his jurisdiction and nationally as the founder of the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.
He said predators have changed over the years, becoming bolder and more sophisticated in their pursuit of children.
“There’s so many ways that they can mask their identity,” he explained.
That’s why the Brown’s foundation and the Moose International are underwriting a program that will donate computers to investigators around the country working with the Department of Justice.
“A lot of the departments have someone with the technical knowledge. They just don’t have the equipment,” he explained.
“So what we’re doing is providing the equipment to them, donating it free of charge,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll have, as we say, more boots on the ground.”
Or literally, more eyes on more screens to begin to bring justice to this 21st century crime.