Reporting on current events, crime, politics, and health is our main objective. We, collectively, spend hundreds of hours per week compiling information for you. As an organization and local business, we have coalesced around the serious issue of human trafficking and child abuse in our area. Long before I came on board, I followed the SCDN Team Coverage of this issue. It was relentless. This was brought up in my interview. I expressed to our Publisher my desire to help in the endeavor.
My story about a page that Facebook wouldn’t take down went viral and action was taken. Now, I want to point at some issues that are going on right here in the 740.
Despite the fact that Facebook does not own Snapchat (they own Whatsapp and Instagram), people assume they do. So much so, that the first item on our list is how locals are conducting illicit business including drugs, prostitution, and even child exploitation and revenge porn. As we have reported here on SCDN, the real criminal activity happens in the messages. People can message the page (or fake person) and the page (or fake person) can message people. You can also exchange money through FB or other means.
Here is just an example of some of those names.
According to one of our in-house investigators, “Ohio snaps is very prevalent and is constantly changing accounts in an attempt to not be traced”
As the parent, be very aware that anything with a combination of these words is highly suspect. Many in local law enforcement have made child exploitation the highest priority. New Boston Police have a Cybercrime Task Force. The Scioto County Prosecutor is working on a type of Special Victims Unit. Recently, The Scioto County Commissioners took a hardline on the issues. They called for the toughest penalties. Their tone was reminiscent of “The Western Code” (1932) “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us and I’m going to give you 24 hours to get out”.
SCDN continues to inform the public of these potential traps for child exploitation. In our reporting, people have tried to circumvent laws by posting mundane pictures and then selling a password to their dropbox account. See that repulsive story here.
If you know of other groups like this, please contact local law enforcement or send us the information and we certainly will.
Next, in our series “Facebook: The Dark Side of Blue” we will look into the loopholes in pornography on the Big Blue and even a story that you’ll have to see to believe where Facebook actually asked people to send in their nude selfies. Shocking and 100% true.