E-Commerce and Social Media Sites Identified as Tools in Sex Sting Operation
Published October 17th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- There may be more than chatting and online shopping going on while your kids are on the computer.
This Tuesday a team of law enforcement including members of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office participated in operation wrong destination and arrested 16 people for crimes against children.
What's more interesting about the case is that the offenders were found lurking on social media and ecommerce sites like Craigslist.
Associate Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Craig Hill says,
"we're having alot of children enticed online because of the many electronic tools and apparatuses they have access too, you have your media phones, you have your social networks, your computers your iPads children today live in a different world. Unfortunately they can be convinced easily that they're talking to someone who is not who they really are."
About 50 law enforcement officers from 10 different agencies throughout the state were involved in the operation.
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