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Reporters lure child predators

By Natalie Johnson, Dotcom journalists

In December of 2003 the Wichita, Kansas television station KCTV-Channel 5 teamed up with the Web site Perverted-Justice.com and began an investigation to discover and reveal Internet predators in the area. Volunteers from the site posed as adolescent boys and girls in Internet chat rooms and set up meetings with men who solicited them for sex online, giving them the address of a home that the station had rented.

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