Sex Offenders On Craigslist

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Updated: 4/24/2009 7:40 pm Published: 4/24/2009 7:14 pm

A new warning tonight for parents, whose children spend any time on the Internet.

Like never before there are blatant efforts online to lure kids into a terrible world of pornography and abuse.

Fox 23’s Abbie Alford reports how sex offenders are targeting kids on the popular electronic classified website Craigslist and so are Tulsa Police.

Tulsa police say Myspace and Facebook are websites where the sex offender will lure the kids and then exploit the children by posting them on Craigslist.

The ads are classified as erotic services where men, women and now children are offering their services and Craigslist is a new market for child predators.

"If it's really popular that we've heard about it, then they've heard about it, kids have heard about it,” says Sgt. John Adams.

The director of the Tulsa chapter for Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans says children as young as eleven-years-old are exploited by sellers, buyers and sex offenders on Craigslist.

"These predators are driving, they are on the demand side of this. They are driving the market and they are wanting younger and younger people for their sexual service," says Mark Elam.

The Tulsa Police Exploitation Unit says it’s monitoring sex offenders on Craigslist by cross-checking its sex offender registry with those who are posting erotic ads.

Currently, Tulsa Police say there are 337 registered sex offenders in Tulsa.

"They'll post pictures of themselves but they'll be fishing and will use whatever words to get that child's attention," says Adams.

Buzz words such as “Barely Legal", "Daddy’s Little Girl" and "Teen” are warning signs police say parents need to watch for on the website.

Police also say “Cougar” describing an older woman who may be seeking a relationship with a younger teen or boy.

"Yeah you look at that ‘Cougar’ and that is going to get any young males attention, he's going to look at that and that is going to draw him right in," says Adams.

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slimjim - 4/26/2009 9:49 AM
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I sometimes wonder just how much time and money is wasted while employees are playing on the computer while they are on the job. I agree 100% with nurseg on the stopping of the internet junk. Just what is the purpose of sites like Craigslist anyway? It's a predators playground.

Nurseg - 4/25/2009 3:41 PM
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BRAVO!!!! Well said kindagreywolf. Apalling how many parents need to put their children as a priority in their life. Watch them, listen to them, and show love to them. For pete's sakes do as this intelligent person says. Best advice I have read in a long time. Our laws could put a stop to that dang Craigslist crap if they just wanted to. Makes me sick!!!!!!!!!!

kindagreywolf - 4/25/2009 6:35 AM
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Thats why I don't see police around anymore, there playing on the internet! I have a better suggestion, put the computer in an area were the children can be WATCHED! Take the computer out of there bedrooms and lock the computer when your not there. I did it to my kids and they don't use the computer as much. Seems the computer isn't as much fun when Mommy and daddy can see.
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