Roo Powell, a mother of three and founder of an organization that fights against the sexual abuse of minors on the Internet, posed as a teenager in order to identify and capture predators. The entire process appears collected in a new documentary series entitled ‘Undercover Underage’ (‘Undercover minor’) which has just been released in the United States.
With the help of his team from the non-profit organization SOSA, which stands for Safe from Online Sex Abuse, several characters were created with plausible backstories so that the bullies would not suspect that behind the ‘teenager’ was, in fact, a 38-year-old woman.
Through different social networks, Powell communicated with the adults with text and video messages, who sent him sexually explicit messages that showed that they believed they were talking to a minor. Once the harasser begins to request explicit photos, the team tries to find out any information that is useful to identify and locate it.
In some cases, the criminals agreed to meet with Powell, after she managed to gain his trust. To these encounters, the woman went accompanied by the police officer Mark Suda, posing as his Uber driver, followed by the series crew documenting the action.
According explained Powell, one of the purposes of the series is for predators to fear that the teenager they communicate with on the Internet may be a police officer. In parallel, search educate parents about this threat, encouraging them to have honest conversations with their children.
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