Friday, May 12, 2006
Crime shortage in SW Florida leads to arrest of johns and one jane
The police arrested 14 people in all and helpfully provided the names and birthdates of the accused to the media, which local TV station NBC2 put online. They omitted only the name and age of a 17-year-old.
I don't know why NBC2 singled out the priest for the headline. At the bottom of the list of arrestees is someone named Theresa. Is "Theresa" a unisex name or are women just getting out more?
Over 175,000 residents of Southwest Florida tuned in to watch as unsuspecting men arrived at a Fort Myers home, expecting sex from children. Did the nationally televised sting have a positive or negative effect on Southwest Florida's image?Who could have guessed?
First they saw the sunshine, then millions of American viewers got to see the darker side of Fort Myers.
Dateline's To Catch a Predator program showcased men coming to paradise in search of sex with children.
It makes many wonder if the sting being shown on national television did more harm than good by portraying the area in bad light.
Fort Myers Police Chief Hilton Daniels says it didn't. The men would have gone where ever they were told.
Even the Chamber of Commerce is looking at the Dateline program as a boost to the area.