I was arrested in an online “bait and switch” sting where an officer posted ads on Craigslist. It was reported to the press (and also to the DOJ, most likely) as “breaking up a child sex trafficking ring”. How can what i did be considered sex trafficking? I ended up being charged with Attempted Child Enticement and having to Register.
Recently i came across an article stating the same PD that set me up is hiring a full time employee to do this sort of thing. All in the name of fighting so-called sex trafficking. It appears this back-water midwest town has received millions in federal aid to fight “internet crimes against children”. Has there ever been a “real” crime (i don’t mean stings) caught by this task force in the ten or so years it’s been operating? Far as i can tell, no.