An expert in the fight against child sexual abuse is raising the alarm about a technique the TSA is reportedly using to get children to co-operate with airport pat-downs: calling it a "game".
Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention, says the TSA's recommendation that children be told the pat-down is a "game" is potentially putting children in danger.
Telling a child that they are engaging in a game is "one of the most common ways" that sexual predators use to convince children to engage in inappropriate contact, Wooden told Raw Story.
Children "don't have the sophistication" to distinguish between a pat-down carried out by an airport security officer and an assault by a sexual predator, he said.
The fact that the TSA agents tell the children they "pat-down" the exact same thing sexual predators tell the children they assault is certainly quite striking.
A relatively charitable explanation for this is that the TSA agents feel the need to tell the children their groping at the hands of a stranger is a "game" because they couldn't give them an actual reason.
Even a child knows that there haven't been any terrorist attacks against airplanes or airports either carried out by or involving children.
So rather than just admit that they're molesting small children for no reason other than that they were ordered to do so by their governmental overlords, the TSA agents do something which will make the children more vulnerable to pedophiles.
In other news, ABC reports:
Monday, December 20, 2010