Creep Catchers (founded 2014) are non-affiliated, mainly Canadian individuals and groups who purportedly attempt to prevent child sexual abuse by posing as minors, using chat rooms and dating sites to lure adults willing to meet the minor for sex, and then exposing the adult by publicly posting videos of the ensuing confrontation. Creep Catchers offer the opportunity to make a public statement (a confession and explanation is encouraged) before posting the video and chat logs to a central website and various social media. Cooperative suspects are typically lectured to in relative privacy, while belligerents or those with particularly explicit conversations are loudly shamed and profanely ridiculed. Public and official reactions to groups of Creep Catchers have been mixed, with some supporting the intent of preventing abuse and others noting dangers of vigilantism by untrained public.
In July 2014, Justin Payne began publicly exposing adults who thought they were meeting minors willing to engage in sex, operating in Mississauga, Ontario. Dawson Raymond said he felt inspired to do the same in his city of Calgary, Alberta, naming his group "Creep Catchers." Raymond and his partner, Slammington, say they will stop at nothing to keep the children safe when using the Internet. As of January 5, 2017, more than 30 Creep Catchers groups have been reported to be operating.
- Perverted Justice and Dark Justice - Similar.
- List of CSA/anti-pedophile proponents - for information on vigilantism.