Youths dressed as superheroes catch sexual predators on film (videos)

Under the title, "To Troll a Predator," the vigilantes posted their videos online to shame the potential predators. After getting considerable traffic online, the videos also caught the attention of the local police department in Chilliwack where the videos were filmed.

The police have since talked to the boys, warning them that they were putting themselves in harm's way as the men they were confronting could be carrying weapons or be violent. The police also warned this group that they were bringing sexually excited pedophiles into areas like playgrounds where they could potentially prey on other victims.

The boys agreed to stop making the videos and have taken down several of their "episodes." The police department does not seem likely to press charges against the youths, but they are looking into the identities of the men the boys met online.

Four British Columbia boys dawned superhero outfits to confront men they lured to public places by posing online as underage girls interested in sex. The group of young men—two are 17, a third is 18 and the fourth is 20—posted provocative profiles of fifteen-year-old girls on then convinced the men who contacted them to meet for sex. Instead of a 15-year-old girl, costumed superheroes confronted these predators with vague threats and a video camera.

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