Offline Crimes Through Online
Social networking sites, say for example Facebook, connects us from our love ones who are far away from us and even reunite us from our childhood friends or classmates or buddies which ease the loneliness and longingness we felt for them, thus through such social networking site it make us closer to them even if it is only online.
However, if it leads us closer to our beloved ones, it leads us also closer to danger and peril for it leads us to a complete stranger that has hidden bad profile in life or they may not have a bad profile but lacks love and affection toward us.
Just like Philippines news on subsequent food poisoning incidents, a subsequent incident also took place in terms of crimes perpetuated through the help of social networking sites in the Philippines. Take for example the case of Filipino actor-director Ricky Rivero who almost meet death when he was stab many times by his newfound friend on facebook because the lonely guy suspect hopes I guess for Ricky Rivero’s promise of help and good life for him because, it is reported that they are already five months friends and the guy always sleeps with Ricky Rivero though there are many contradicting and complicated statements and so-called truths being thrown everywhere which only confuses the issue. It is obvious that Ricky Rivero is a gay man and the lonely guy name Hans Ruiz is a young hunk guy that according to the reports comes from a poor family wherein he is the breadwinner, which gave us the clue that Ricky and Hans could have a budding relationship, for how can you let a person sleep with you if you only meet him for the first time?
It could be that Ricky Rivero promise to give Hans Ruiz a help-money just like any typical gay-straight relationship, but Ricky failed to gave it quickly to Hans, thus Hans was disappointed and got mad in waiting and hoping for it, therefore, he committed what was accused against him.But according to Hans,he never do what was accused against him but he just saw the knife beside Rivero and wake up upon Rivero’s yelling while sleeping.
In this case, it was not actually Facebook who help the crime to manifest but I guess in my opinion, it is Ricky Rivero’s fault to gave Hans Ruiz a false hope to look for, thus Hans was hurt so much that lead him to hurt also Ricky Rivero. Remember, Ricky Rivero is a director, so he could have scouted Hans on facebook to be a star but recently he failed.
In the subsequent incident, a young college girl was reported missing after meeting a Tagged (a social networking site similar to facebook, but Tagged have “Meet him/her” functionality or somewhat online dating apps) friends as was allegedly suspected and concluded; and was found already out of her mind walking fully naked on streets and claim that she was repeatedly rape by a policemen.
In this case, the social networking site Tagged was blame for what have happened to her, however, it is not yet verified if her friends in Tagged which was allegedly she will meet that is why she disappear for a days as suspected for what have happened to her, are the ones who perpetuated the rape crime or are the policemen she was referring to who have rape her.
There are also other case of similar incidents like the back to back carjacking incident then wherein the suspects and victims met first at Social Market site like Sulit.ph, but we could no longer state here, wherein some blame social networking sites or the internet as accessory to the crime that was done against them which is somewhat not fair enough to validate that social networking sites in particular breeds offline crimes.
For even without a social networking site, crime will still be committed whether you have known the person through online or offline if the person either has been hurt by you or tempt the person to hurt you or by giving the person a reason to hurt you and commit a crime. Take for example, the promising and giving hope to someone which could disappoint and discourage the person like the case of Ricky Rivero and Hans Ruiz; and showing jewelries and displaying that you are a rich person.
The bottom line is being Responsible and Careful in meeting new found friends.