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The scene of the non-crime.

Close Encounters of the Sex-Trafficking-Abductors Kind

These “close encounters” with near sex-traffickers are like alien abductions. They are shared wildly — gleefully — by people seemingly thrilled to know this horrible scourge is out there so they can be scared and angry. This latest story, from Reno, involves a mom and dad who noticed every detail about a night that sounds […]

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Okay, I'll admit it. I AM a spooky tree.

A Predator Behind Every Tree

A mom writes:  . Dear Free-Range Kids:  . We are a homeschooling family of 7 children ages 16-4, but our kids participate in sports at the school at our church. This year I was asked to coach the elementary cross country team.  The students aged 6-10 run a lap around the campus (about a half […]

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Why would anyone ever work at a job involving kids?

Predator with a Popsicle? Our Crazy Fear of The Ice Cream Man

As I wrote in this month’s Reason Magazine: We All Scream for the Ice Cream Man’s Head The idea that ice cream men cruise around looking for victims is simply an urban myth. Paul DiMarco has been selling ice cream in Poughkeepsie, New York, for two decades. He owns a fleet of trucks. When one […]

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The room of doom?

“Children of Any Age Should Not Go Into Public Restrooms Alone”

These tips from HealthyChildren.org for when a child can go to a public restroom are not just hilarious and ridiculous, they are also insane, starting with this one: ​The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children feels that children of any age should not be permitted to use public restrooms alone. Any age? Why? Simply […]

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