A Newsmagazine Shows Investigating Online Predators

By: Yahya Allababidi

"To Catch a Predator" is a TV show that used to air on NBC. Its main goal was to catch pedophiles and child molesters red handed and on TV to expose them and protect the society from their danger. This was done by a team of three entities; NBC channel, Perverted Justice Foundation, and the police officers. The Perverted Justice Foundation was in charge of luring in the predators to come to a recording studio, which the predators thought of as the home of the victim. They do this by making a decoy (supposedly a 13 year old) chat with them on a pornographic website. The decoy agrees to meet them and gives them direction to his/her home which is actually the recording studio for the TV show.

The predators would then show up to meet the victim at the addressed location. Once they get close to the house by one block, their every move gets monitored and recorded. From the time they get close to the house by one block until they enter the house, their every movement gets recorded. This has been made possible by a complete system of hidden outdoor as well as indoor security camera . As much as eight security camera were installed inside the house, let alone those installed outside. It was vital that these cameras were hidden very well so as not to make the suspects suspicious of the place. On top of that, the team needed to make sure that their outdoor cameras could record at night as well since quite a few predators will be coming at night, since they will be less noticeable by people. So they brought cameras with infrared light and they were really pleased with the results.

Once the suspect gets lured into the house by the decoy, the decoy excuses herself to go and do something in the other room and she instructs the suspect to sit in the kitchen and wait for her. They usually comply to the decoy's desire without any resistance. As soon as they do so, Chris Hanson the host of NBC's Dateline emerges from the behind the curtain and starts to ask them questions in an interrogating manner to get some information from them about what they did and why they did it. This is a very critical and nerve racking experience for both the predator as well the host of the show. The suspect's nervousness is obvious, but the host is also frightened since he can not predict the actions of this criminal in front of him. These suspects can react in any manner that could be very dangerous to the program's host; in fact, they may also come armed to the studio.

In order to protect the host a team of security personnel and bodyguards closely monitor the security cameras in every corner of the house to make sure that everything is carried out in a peaceful nonviolent manner. A set of security monitor screens greatly assist them in fulfilling this task. As soon as the TV host finishes asking the suspect, he is set free, only to be captured again by the eagerly waiting cops outside the house. Thanks to the cooperation of cutting edge security technology and creative minds, these criminals will learn a hard lesson that will keep the American society more safe and secure for years to come.

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