Cops Use Pictures of Adult Women To Trick Men Into Meeting for Sex, Arrest Them as Child Predators
Instead of going after actual sexual predators, some police officers have discovered that it’s easier to just trick people. These cops go on adult dating sites, pose as grown women, find lonely guys, flirt, and then claim they are actually underage. The photos they send of “themselves” depict real women in their 20s. When the mark arranges a date, the cops arrest him as a predator.
These stings are the subject of a remarkable piece in The New York Times Magazine by Michael Winerip. He begins by profiling 20-year-old Jace Hambrick, a young man living at home, working in construction and doing a lot of gaming in Vancouver, Washington. When Hambrick found “Gamer Gurl” on Craigslist (which requires users to be 18) he couldn’t believe his luck: A woman who professed to love gaming and was looking for a boyfriend. They chatted for awhile and then “Gamer Gurl” said she was actually 13.
“Why did you post an ad in craigslist if your 13? You mean 23?” asked Hambrick.
They emailed, then texted, and she eventually shared a photo of herself. She looked like she was in her late teens or early 20s, she made cultural references most 13-year-olds wouldn’t get, and she gave Hambrick driving directions to her home. When he arrived, the person who greeted him was the same woman from the picture. But when he entered the home, two cops handcuffed him. The beautiful young woman
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