There are usually six stages to grooming by a sexual predator: friendship (targeting and gaining trust); relationship (filling the child’s needs); gauging the level of protection surrounding the child; exclusivity (isolating the child from others); sexualization (desensitizing the child to sex talk and activities); and abuse.
One Bark investigator, Sloane Ryan, a 37-year-old woman who poses as an 11-year-old girl online in order to better understand predation and help those who are fighting it, wrote a chilling account of the kinds of solicitations she received after merely uploading a generic photo (of her 11-year-old self) to Instagram.
“By the end of two-and-a-half hours, I’ve had seven video calls, ignored another two dozen of them, text-chatted with 17 men (some who had messaged her before, gearing back up in hopes for more interaction), and seen the genitalia of 11 of those,” notes Ryan.
Phi Beta Iota: The estimate of 13,000 schoolbuses (x 24 seats each for a total of 31,200 is grossly under-estimated. Toward 8 million children a year vanish, toward 1 million of them in the USA, each year. Illegal aliens and children grown as a cash crop by Mormon outliers and others are generally not counted because their births are not registered. We have a problem. It is a problem NSA could solve, but NSA does not like to solve problems, it just likes to spend money.