All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong?
There’s a certain art to getting people to do things that do not come naturally. For example, American soldiers were not killing as many enemies in World War II as some would have preferred, so our government made changes to increase kill rates by the time we arrived in Vietnam. One simple change involved shooting targets. In WWII, soldiers practiced with bull’s-eye designs, but to boost kill rates, our government changed to silhouette targets of actual human beings. (See Dave Grossman’s book “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society”). These changes worked, and kill rates were much higher in Vietnam vs. WWII. Now, at what cost did we increase the kill rate? It has probably cost our soldiers more in mental agony than it is worth, though this is a subject of much debate (about which I know very little, but it might explain the higher rates of PTSD these days). In much the same way that our military has changed how they train their soldiers to kill at a higher rate, law enforcement has changed the way they approach men in their undercover operations to catch sexual predators. Again, at what cost? Our court system seems to ignore law enforcement’s recent push to “create” the crime of traveling to meet a minor, rather than detect this criminal conduct. When our government creates a crime, we typically call that “entrapment”. When our government “detects” a crime, we typically call that “good police work”.
First of all, law enforcement has decided to pick the low hanging fruit: lonely, horny, men (possibly redundant, but not necessarily). You may ask yourself, where does the government find all these lonely men to string along? Craigslist, of course. Specifically, the personal’s section “Women Seeking Men”, or “W4M”. Now, you can’t just go straight to the w4m section. Nope. You must first heed the following warning from Craigslist: “By clicking the w4m link below you confirm that you are 18 or older and understand personals may include adult content.” So, most rational human beings understand that the ads that follow are from women “18 or older”, right? Let’s take a look at (another) a real life Craigslist case, Seo v. State, 143 So. 3d 1189 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014). Continue Reading