To Catch a Predator first aired in 2004 and found Hansen and the watchdog group Perverted-Justice setting up online sting operations to lure pedophile men prowling the Internet for underage sex partners. The men would be invited to a house, where Chris Hansen would confront them about their intentions — often using the unofficial catchphrase, "Have a seat" — before sending them on their way. Upon leaving the house, they would be arrested by local police.
Hansen vs. Predator operates in the same way, though as Hansen noted: "When we did it before, there were chat rooms on AOL and Yahoo. Now there are 22 ways to communicate online."
To Catch a Predator went off the air in December 2007, and Hansen left NBC in 2013. Still, the show remained a rerun staple and NBC eventually sold it to broadcasters around the world for over $10 million. Despite its success, though, To Catch a Predator garnered plenty of controversy. Many argued that Hansen and Perverted-Justice's scheme was tantamount to entrapment, while one alleged predator killed himself after being exposed on the show in 2007.
Chris Hansen launched a Kickstarter campaign to get back on the air in April, which Complex reports was successful.
Hansen’s campaign initially sought $400,000 (according to the Los Angeles Times), but it now appears he was able to make do with just under $90,000. The new show, Hansen Vs. Predator set up production in a Fairfield, Connecticut home and worked with local law enforcement on the investigations. Once again, Hansen’s team of adults and underage decoys interacted with potential sexual offenders online, which led to Hansen confronting the men once they entered the house for their reprehensible rendezvous. But this time, the crew had to enter the darkest corners of all the new social media platforms that have sprung up since 2008.
The videos of the new pedophile hunt are posted on Chris Hansen's Crime Watch Daily's YouTube channel:
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