Is pedophilia a disease and how to check if a pedophile lives near you?

Undercover Police: The hunt down of pedophiles raises many questions: is pedophilia a disease and how to check if a pedophile lives near you?

Worrying numbers show that the lockdown only made the UK child abuse problem worse.

Reports of obscene material more than doubled in the first month of the lockdown in 2020.

This new C4 documentary series follows undercover cops who “hunt pedophiles”.

Everything you need to know is here.

Undercover Police: The hunt for pedophiles on C4 is not for the faint of heart (Credit: Channel 4)

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Undercover Police: Chasing Pedophiles

The three-part series follows police officers who work online undercover.

First, police officers assume a new identity in order to lure out sex offenders.

Then they deal with those who show a sexual interest in children.

We see an undercover officer, ‘Simon’, pretending to be a 47 year old pedophile.

He claims he enjoys sexually abusing his 10 year old daughter, Jess, and is looking for other men to join him.

Several men step forward in disgusting footage.

Eventually the police rush in and arrest the perpetrators.

Chasing Pedophiles On C4: What Is A Pedophile?

A pedophile is a person who is sexually attracted to children.

Some pedophiles do not respond to their urges.

However, others see, make, and enjoy child porn online.

Some offenders care for, abuse, rape, and even kill their victims.

Undercover Police: Chasing Pedophiles on C4
An undercover officer deals with sexual offenders online (Credit: Channel 4)

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Is Pedophilia a Disease?

Pedophilia is a psychiatric disorder.

It is a sexual perversion that involves an intense and recurring sexual urge towards prepubescent children.

The International Classification of Diseases defines it as a “sustained, focused, and intense pattern of sexual arousal” toward children.

Is there a cure for pedophilia?

There is no recognized cure for the condition.

Although some psychologists say they can help people “control” their sexual interest in children.

Clinical studies of drugs have also been carried out.

Undercover Police: Chasing Pedophiles on C4
DS Andy Nash appears in the first episode of Undercover Police: Hunting Pedophiles (Image Credit: Channel 4)

How many pedophiles are there in the UK?

The pandemic has caused an explosion in the sexual abuse of children online.

As a result of children stuck at home, reports of obscene material have more than doubled.

As of April 2020, there were nearly nine million attempts to access child sexual abuse websites in the UK.

Three thousand people are considered a threat to children in the UK.

Half a million men in the UK have viewed and used child abuse material.

What is Sarah’s Law?

There is a way to find out if someone lives in your neighborhood who may be dangerous to your little one.

Parents have the right to ask the police for information about convicted sex offenders.

Convicted pedophile Roy Whiting kidnapped and murdered eight-year-old Sarah in 2000.

He was then convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

It was later revealed that he had already spent four years in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting another eight-year-old girl.

Undercover Police: Chasing Pedophiles on C4
An undercover officer deployed online must get inside a pedophile’s head (Credit: C4)

How to Check If a Pedophile Lives Near You

This is how you can find out if there is anyone near you who has signed the Sex Offender Register.

You can request information about a child by calling 101 or visiting your local police station.

You can request a Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (Sarah’s Law) form or Form 284.

The police will only pass on information if it is lawful, necessary and proportionate.

However, call 999 right away if you think a child is in imminent danger.

How are pedophiles caught?

In 2017 the police introduced a new strategy to catch pedophiles online with undercover cops.

This tactic has identified and arrested hundreds of sex offenders.

Unfortunately, police officers know that there are innumerable more for everyone they arrest.

Undercover officers could catch offenders online by “pretending to be their friend”.

As a result, when they have enough evidence to prove guilty, they arrest the perpetrator.

Up to 450 pedophiles are arrested each month in the UK.

This is in the midst of an “explosion” of online crime, a report revealed in March last year.

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A serial sex offender murdered Sarah Payne (Photo credit: Good Morning Britain / YouTube)

How are pedophiles punished?

First, sex offenders can be sentenced to long prison terms depending on the gravity of their crime.

As a result, they will also be entered in the sex offender register.

Sex offenders are entered in the register for different lengths of time, depending on the type of crime.

For example, a person sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment will remain on the register indefinitely.

Likewise, a perpetrator who has been sentenced to a joint injunction remains in the register for five years.

However, the C4 document states, “For now, someone can own a video of a child raped and not go to jail.

“You will get a suspended sentence.”

Undercover Police: The hunt for pedophiles will begin on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 9 p.m. on Channel 4.

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