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Professor Chris Reed ‘Chatroulette is 'predator's paradise', experts say’ has become a global internet sensation but it poses risks to users and is proving to be challenging for law enforcers. The site connects users to millions of other strangers around the world via video chat forums, although a large number of them are exposing themselves.


Professor Reed says that despite the legal problems surrounding the site, individuals could be extradited to a foreign country for publishing obscene images online, although this is unlikely. He said: “In practice, no country has sufficient law enforcement resources to take action in other than symbolic cases. There just aren't enough courts, police officers, etc, to chase after online activities which cause little harm in the receiving country.”

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