Undercover police officers have been filmed for the first time posing as paedophiles as they snare child sex offenders.
A three-part documentary starting tonight follows “Simon” as he goes online offering his 10-year-old daughter to abusers.
But in reality “Simon” is an undercover police officer who spends his days trawling chat rooms as he hunts down paedophiles.
The covert operative said: “Simon is completely fictitious, he’s a character. When I go in to role and deploy he comes out of a box and he’s like a skin that I put on.
“It’s quite disturbing portraying yourself as an adult, male, paedophile, but it’s such a good technique for catching people who are seeking to abuse, hurt and rape children.”
Simon tells the film: “There are some really distressing things on there but it’s tremendously satisfying to identify just one offender or safeguard just one child.
“Once in a career would be enough, so to do that daily feels incredible. For me it’s the best job in the world.”
Mr Bailey warned parents to keep a close eye on their children’s internet usage.
He said: “I could describe to you some of the most horrific videos where you can see a child that’s been groomed, abusing themselves within their own bedroom and you can hear their mother calling up and recorded on the video, ‘darling, dinner’s nearly ready,”‘ said Mr Bailey.
“Now that is pretty horrific, I think, in anybody’s estimation.”
- Hunting Paedophiles – Tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm
Originally from https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/police-filmed-first-time-posing-23459442