The organization Truckers Against Predators has amassed a following of over 100,000 on Facebook alone since it's founding two and a half years ago by Anthony Greene.
“I have a group of decoys. Approximately ten females are scattered throughout the country, and what these girls do is go on social media apps. All the normal apps we go on every single day plus what our kids use. They pose as 12 or 13-year-old kids, ” says Greene.
These decoys are highly trained they assert, and always stay within the guidelines of the law.
“We don’t reach out to anyone, they reach out to us (first),” says Greene.
Once there is enough evidence in the chat logs, much like stings conducted by law enforcement agencies across the nation, a meet is set up. At that meeting however, Greene explains that "they end up meeting me live on the internet."
Most recently, their actions have landed three Arkansas men in jail for attempting to meet with what they believed was a 12-year-old girl.
Siobar Serrano, 30, sent unsolicited nude images of himself to what he believed was a 12-year-old girl. He has been charged with sexual indecency with a child and is being held in the Washington County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond. His court date is scheduled for September 30th.
Elmer Figueroa, 34, was arrested on August 22nd and released on bond the following day. According to KFSM his bond was set at $20,000 but they did not list his charges.
Doyle Hoyt, 50, was arrested and charged with sexual indecency with a child as well as possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $2,500 and he was released the following day. He is due back in court on October 2nd.
David Pelto, a member of Truckers Against Predators alluded that this may only be the beginning of the arrests in Arkansas.
"We have our decoys working, sometimes around the clock, and we plan to do so through the next week. We are currently working with approximately 30 guys that are okay with age, and our work thus far has resulted in three arrests in Northwest Arkansas. We also turned chat logs over to detectives in Bella Vista, and to the Garland County Sheriffs' office. We have not received word from those jurisdictions on whether there will be arrests made, or not. However, we are very confident that under Arkansas law, that we should see arrests there as well. We will be working hard over the next week or two in NWA, hopes of helping to clean up the internet and getting these guys arrested and off the streets."
Currently Truckers Against Predators has an online petition to hopefully effect a change in the laws in some states that deem evidence gathered by civilians as inadmissible in court.
“What we’re going to do is we’re going to get 50,000 signatures, and we’re going to go to lawmakers. We’re going to set it on their desk, and we’re going to tell them they need to work with us like every other state does. We obviously do a good job, or we wouldn’t have convictions all over the country,” Greene explains. “This is definitely going to catch on, and there is going to end up being teams like ours in every city in the country.”
"Our hopes is to go across the country and to work with different jurisdictions to get sexual predators off the streets," Pelto said