Matthew 18:6-7 (NIV)
6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!
I read passages from the Bible daily and came across the passage above from Matthew. I thought about these Sting Operations and how this is exactly what they are doing; causing someone to Stumble. They establish themselves on Craigslist (Adults posing as children or Adults pimping their children), Plenty of Fish, and other legit sites. People are going out there looking to hookup and get side tracked by these postings which are really quick to respond and begin luring in their “victims.” Granted they get a lot of responses, perhaps 500+ and many fall away. But are the 50 or so (10%) that continue the chat really predators? There is a lot of deception here–I can point you to many appeals showing the texting and luring going on. There is NO targeting in most of these stings either–they are randomly done. The public isn’t sympathetic and neither are juries.
Perhaps those looking to hook-up were a little bent. Some it took a little swaying but the sting officer was able to bend them a little further and get them to show up, arrest them and toss them in prison. And the courts are allowing this! In Washington State there are over 100 people serving 700 years in prison due to these stings over the past 4 years. I show over 95 pleas and 31 trials with 5 suicides and only 1 acquittal! These are easy pickings for law enforcement. It allows them to pad their numbers. It cost $30k+ to house an inmate in WA per year too. Plus, most of the people who fight these pay $30k plus to fight it and then appeal!
With continued Strength, Courage, and Prayer,