Paedophile vigilantes in suicide shocker
Online child safety group allegedly drive man to commit suicide.
Image/video via Letzgo Hunting/Youtube

UK: Self-proclaimed internet investigation group “Letzgo Hunting” have been blamed after a man whom they had lured into a trap aimed at exposing paedophiles killed himself recently, according to the Mail Online.

The self-styled vigilantes lure possible paedophiles online by posing as children, setting up meetings with adults and then filming the meeting where they challenge the adults about their activities.

"I'm only 14... lol"

One target was invited to meet up with a girl whom he had been told was 14 years old. After Letzgo Hunting members confronted him and then posted the footage of the meeting online, the man was taken arrested. Four days after his release, he was found hanged, in what the coroner recorded as a suicide.

Letzgo Hunting has since denied any responsibility for the man’s death.

The group which was formed by a group of concerned parents has created dozens of fake profiles on many social media platforms in order to expose paedophiles and other adults who are attempting to groom children for sex online. They lure the men into public places and then post the videos of their encounters with the potential offenders in which they ask them if they knew they were going to meet with children. Their fake profiles are of girls between the ages of 12 and 15.

Police have reportedly made 12 arrests based on Letzgo Hunting videos, but have not charged anyone.

Following the death of the man exposed in the video, police have stated that Letzgo Hunting are recklessly endangering official investigations and potentially ruining any chance of success in court should any of related cases go to trial. The vigilantes have also been accused of using online bullying tactics towards critics.

A poster on the Letzgo Hunting website, currently under maintenance, had previously proclaimed that the group was doing the work of the police as the police were failing them.

Here’s an example of one of the Letzgo Hunting alleged “exposés” from Youtube: [WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

Online grooming in chat rooms and on other social media platforms is well-known to be favoured by paedophiles as a means of developing relationships with children. Additional techniques used by paedophiles include enticing children to undress or perform lewd acts on webcams. Then they use the footage to bully the children, threatening to expose the videos to their families or schools.

In SA there have been several high profile child porn cases recently involving alleged syndicates who share revolting images and whose members are allegedly committing sex abuse acts against children.

You can read more about online safety for kids here:

Spot a sexual abuser

5 easy steps to keep your child safe online

Do you think this kind of online vigilantism is helpful or unhelpful?

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