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Father's bid to entrap online abusers

The father of a 17-year-old girl who was allegedly groomed online, has set up a fake internet profile of a teenage girl to attract the attention of child sex abusers.

Brendan Collis, who started the Online Predator Investigation Team, has denied that his activities are vigilantism and has called for more cooperation from authorities, stating that he would like his team to "join forces with the police".

However, Sharon Girling, a retired police officer and an investigator at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, said that arousing paedophiles in this way may make real victims susceptible to abuse.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on 23 December 2014

  • 23 Dec 2014
  • From the section UK
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