UBC prof warns ‘end doesn’t justify the means’

UBC law professor Benjamin Perrin warns that sting operations like those conducted by the vigilante group Creep Catchers pose problems of their own.

Perrin told the Vancouver Sun that such tactics lack legal safeguards and could put the vigilantes in danger if a confrontation turns violent.

“I do think that this organization’s existence and emergence in British Columbia speaks to a very serious problem and a growing frustration with inadequate resources being put into combating crimes committed on social media, particularly against children,” Perrin added.

This story also appeared in The Province, Ottawa Citizen, and Times Colonist.