Wednesday 22 August 2012 09.00 BST
How police investigators are catching paedophiles online
"A specialist undercover Metropolitan police team is tracking down the growing communities who commit sex crimes [sic] online
Louise Tickle [smile]
A model using a laptop. The internet has provided new opportunities for paedophiles [sic] to prey [sic] on children.
Dan is a detective sergeant, and a covert internet investigator with the Metropolitan police. At the Met's paedophile and high tech crime unit, we sit in front of his laptop as he navigates to an internet chatroom. He's already set me up with a username — louiseis14 — and clicks the button that tells users I'm online.
Within 10 seconds, two men whose profile names suggest they're in their 30s and 40s want to talk to me. Dan selects one at random — lets call him 'anonman_37' — and starts typing a response.
As the conversation goes back and forth, notifications from men inviting me to get in touch appear so fast that the list runs off the screen. We've been online for less than three minutes."