Stings/Traps or what many would call entrapment has been going on thousands of years. Look in the Bible under Matthew 12:15 and you’ll read the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him [Jesus] in his words. Not much has changed since then. We see this with scammers, politics and these sex sting operations. Human nature does NOT change. Read the Bible and this will become obvious. Observe society over time as you age and you will notice this as well.
Here is a great article about real life criminal sexual cases versus the sting operations happening in Washington State: Article on Sting vs Real sentencing. It is something I’ve wondered about too and finally the media is catching on. Why do these people caught in the sting operations with a fake victim get longer sentences then people who have an actual victim? I’ve seen this NUMEROUS times. I can site two cases where people got < 2 years for actual rape and sexual molestation whereas almost none of the sting cases get < 2 years. People who go to trial are getting 6+ years. People who plea out are typically getting 4 or more years. Strange bit it is DEFINITELY happening. Everyone is walking away with a felony and mandatory registration as a sex offender. There is NO relief.
From In Touch Ministries: A Root of Bitterness
12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,
13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
It will be difficult to move on from being captured in a sting operation. If you were or know someone who was realize that it will take time to overcome. A big step is forgiveness (of others who do these stings) and oneself who got captured. It is important not to let the anger build as the devotion (linked above) states it will poison your life if you let it. Repent and turn away. Move on.