- Police are warning parents and children about a new social networking site, called Mocospace, where police say sexual predators are lurking.
Detective Mike Harris with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office describes it as a place where gang-members chat and adults look for sex.
Worse, you can get a potential high from every person you meet.
“In Mocospace, those people aren’t gathering friends there. It’s not a site designed for children, but children are logging on and predators are finding them. A lot of them have gang affiliations, the 'thug-mentality' as I call it. They’re always talking about rape scenarios and things like that,” he said. 7NEWS was there as Harris, with help from Gilpin County Sheriff’s Sgt.
Within seconds of logging onto Mocospace, 7NEWS found chat rooms full of offensive language, talk about drugs and people soliciting sexual acts. Troy Hendricks, arrested 28-year-old Jason Fluet, who Harris met on the site.
The movie industry, for its part, has released at least five films on sex addiction in the past five years, six if you count both parts of Lars von Trier’s But even now, sex addiction seems to exist in parallel realities: one in which millions of people are struggling with it, and another in which it is barely studied and not even clinically recognized.
Research has yet to confirm that extreme sexual behavior really is addictive in the same neuroscientific sense that, for instance, habitual heroin use appears to be.
Chat rooms have always been popular spots for flirting with the opposite sex.
One of the unfortunate realities of chat rooms is that sexual talk -- sometimes harmless, sometimes explicit -- often appears in rooms that have nothing to do with dating, sex or relationships.
There's no health coverage for it, no medication, and for those trapped in its strange and unrelenting spell, no easy way out.
SEX ADDICTION— diagnosing it, treating it, portraying it on-screen—is big business.
In the age of smartphones and frictionless-dating apps, sex addiction is like being hooked on a drug that's always available in unlimited supply.