At the beginning the year when I was recovering from an injury my YouTube meandering led me to an old episode of the American series “To catch a predator” from 2008 or so. The general gist is that they lure paedophiles to a camera-kitted house then do a ‘big reveal on them that invariably leads to them tackled to the ground by local law enforcement as they try to leave. It’s strangely satisfying, addictive and often unintentionally hilarious (Perp: “Honest, it was my first time”. Host: “We have your police records. You have three previous convictions”. Perp: “OK. Honest, it was only my fourth time.” etc).
Anyway, perhaps retaining the vestige of this viewing, YouTube has started putting a bunch of ‘predator-hunter’ videos in my in-tray. These usually consist of a gang of hunters (their term, not mine) rounding on some poor, hapless paedophile who has been lured to a location by an online decoy. They then proceed to abuse the shit out of them (verbal, not physical, although it is obviously implied) for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour until the police arrive and arrest the paedophile, with the support of the data presented by the hunters. » Continue Reading.