Dating sites using fake profiles find friendship and dating online
For example, the Washington Blade featured an article about the evolution of online dating in which it was reported that: an increasing number of gay and lesbian youth have taken their first steps into the “gay community” by passing through an online chat room door.
Gay male social networking sites like Manhunt, Adam4Adam and the recently launched DList, for "edgy gay men," provide just as easy an opportunity for men to find a coffee date as easy as a gangbang.
If successfully applied, these regulations would mean that Adam4Adam and similar companies would have to keep records proving that individuals appearing in photographs or videos are over the age of 18.
They would also have to "categorize those documents in a meticulous manner", with failure to comply resulting in possible felony charges and prison time.
Adam4Adam provides a "Health Resource" page as well as a page devoted to "Online Safety Tips".Many news sources reported similar occurrences in the Washington Metropolitan Area.In discussing the case of a perpetrator of multiple robberies in that region, a Washington, D. police officer from that police force's Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit said "We've definitely seen an increase in online dating crimes in the past five years" and added that victims of internet dating crimes are "overwhelmingly men cruising for sex." The same police officer also noted that these criminals are often technologically savvy and create profiles using fake information and other people's photos from cyber cafés or public libraries, making them difficult to trace.As of September 2005, San Jose Mercury News ranked Adam4Adam as the second most popular online gay personals site in the United States (being ranked behind Gay.com).