Well done to Aaron RoachBridgeman on his excellent Vigilante Brits documentaries. However, I was deeply disturbed by paedophile hunters and the way in which they have touched upon a public nerve that takes us back to the dark ages.
Firstly, these are not educated men. And I am not saying that out of a sense of snobbery, I'm saying it because they know nothing whatsoever about their subject, and nothing whatsoever about psychology and criminology. In pretending to be 12 year old girls, they are putting real 12 year old girls at risk. What on earth are they saying to these predators to keep them hooked for months on end? Clearly the Lolita they are chatting to online is not instantly available, but there may be other young girls who are. Is it ever a good idea to lead a paedophile on to the point where they bring condoms and a rope? What if they got the rendezvous mixed up and the pervert thought, well I'm here anyway.
The problem with vigilantes is that they, the leaders especially, usually have unresolved issues. That is they have been personally affected in some way, either themselves or someone close to them. Their rage is understandable, but their self prescribed cure of vengeance won't make it go away. They believe if they 'get' every 'paedo' the pain will stop. Their judgement and sense of reason is warped by that stage of their development when they were traumatised. No legitimate law enforcement agency would or should ever use them, they would be psychologically unstable and totally unqualified.
Because their goal is punishment, in the form of public shame and crucifixion, they have completely caste aside any form of reason or humanity, and justice doesn't even get a mention. Informed that one man had committed suicide, the hunter replied, it's not because of what I did, it's because of what he did. Absolving himself completely of the tragedy while the crowd cheered on.
Ye Gods, what kind of justice is this in the 21st Century? It's a crowd pleaser is what it is. No doubt in former lives these men were the hangmen or the groupies who followed them. They are all about the punishment, they want someone, anyone, hanging at the end of the rope, the paedos draw a good crowd when they get bored with the Muslims.
It angers me because it feeds into the same crazy philosophy that created 'All men are rapists', only this time round, it's much dirtier and nastier. This assumption that all men who like, or who even really really like children, want to harm them is ridiculous. In most cases the opposite is true, men who genuinely like kids and enjoy their company are rare, and to be treasured! Assaulting a child is the last thing on their minds, they want to protect them, like an auld dawg passing tips onto the young 'uns. It breaks my heart that the wonderful bond some men seem to have with kids is now seen as suspicious. All those cheeky compliments and wise words, held back for fear of being misinterpreted.
But returning to those Paedophile Hunters. I can't help but wonder what it is they say to their 'prey' to keep them dangling online for 7 months? Do they keep producing pictures of a '12' year old girl? What are they offering to entice dirty old men to come and meet them in a car park? Judging by the samples of the conversations, their alter egos aren't saying anything a 12 year old girl would say. 12 year old girls are excruciatingly embarrassed by everything, I know, I was one! I sometimes wonder if the only dirty talking going on online is between the hunters and the hunted. Real 12 year olds would laugh their socks off.
What terrified me the most with the paedophile hunters, was the amount of support they had from the public, and the media. It was a bit like a Trump winning the presidency moment, where you ask yourself 'is this for real?' 'Should we take it seriously?'. Unfortunately, as the Trump result showed, 'hell yeh'. Because unfortunately, once you approve small armies to go out there beating the shit out of those they hate [figuratively speaking, or not], you are on the road to anarchy, or tyranny, take your pick.