As many aspects of Americans’ everyday lives continue to move more online, criminals are shifting their focus as well.
That includes child predators, and the people trying to stop them — both police officers and civilians.
According to data from multiple agencies, there has been a rise in reports of child sexual exploitation online in recent years. While different local, state and federal agencies are trying to protect families and stop these criminals, many social media influencers are also changing the focus of their videos to try catch these child predators in the act themselves.
But can both of these groups effectively and legally carry out their investigations at the same time?
Police say they cannot.