Gone in 30 minutes

A 2015 study reveals how sexual predators use complex entrapment strategies, rarely pose as children online and can take just minutes to persuade a child to meet.

Online groomers rarely pose as children and can succeed in persuading a child to meet in less than half an hour, according to researchers probing the way in which sexual predators target victims online.

The researchers examined instant messaging chat logs from US-based organisation Perverted Justice Foundation Inc that involved communications between adults posing as children – typically young teenage girls – and online groomers, who were unaware that they were actually interacting with an adult.

The results, the researchers say, dispel a number of misconceptions about online groomers, including the idea that they always pose as children, and that grooming is a lengthy process.From two studies involving a total of more than 250 groomers, none of the predators were found to be masquerading as children. “A huge percentage of them say the age they are,” said Izura. “We had a range of ages between 18 and 65, the real age, and the [stated] age was between 16 years of age to 61.”Another finding, say the researchers, is that online grooming can be very rapid, with analysis of chat logs revealing that it can take just 18 minutes for some predators to arrange to meet their victim. “The speed can be alarmingly fast, ” said Izura. The fastest, says Lorenzo-Dus used sophisticated, persuasive, language-based strategies to build trust rapidly, including the use of small talk and praise.

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