Some states, such as California and New York, set an age at which all sexual intercourse is considered statutory rape.
However, sometimes the storyline isn't switched until the men, who were looking for legal love, already start falling for an undercover agent.Another factor: asset forfeiture, which allows police to seize the property of people who are arrested even if they aren't convicted."Florida's Contraband Forfeiture Act made it easy for agencies to seize property as their own from anyone accused of committing a felony—even if charges are ultimately never filed," reports."Sex stings have become especially rich sources for seizures, since almost every man arrested is accused of traveling to seduce, solicit, or entice a child to commit a sexual act … However, the accusations are felonies, meaning law enforcement can seize suspect's vehicles, making it extremely difficult for them to ever get them back without paying thousands of dollars—or more—in cash to the arresting agency."In essence, the police wasted time pursing non-threats to public safety in part to enrich themselves at the expense of people like a 24-year-old man arrested in a January sting, who "had to pay ,000 cash to get his 2014 Lexus returned ... — In the decade since Dateline NBC's "To Catch a Predator" segments popularized Internet sex stings, more than 1,200 men in Florida have been arrested, accused of preying on underage teens and children for sex. — In the decade since Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator segments popularized Internet sex stings, more than 1,200 men in Florida have been arrested, accused of preying on underage teens and children for sex.But as the stings put more and more men behind bars, detectives are working harder and harder to keep up their arrest numbers.