Perverted Justice Chatlogs

Uploaded: 2024-04-11
Languages: EnglishPossibly other language
Collected from: 2003
Access category: Restricted
To: 2019


Full archive of chatlogs from now defunct site depicting online instant messaging interactions between convicted child sex offenders and adults posing as minors.

Subject keywords: online child sex abuse, online grooming, chatlog, transcript, offender
Data types: Written
Funders: N/A
Associated AIFL centres: Centre for Forensic Text Analysis (FTA), Centre for Language and Law (CLL), Centre for Spoken Interaction in Legal Contexts (SILC), Forensic Speech Science Laboratory (FSS), Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD)
License: Non-Commercial Government Licence for public sector information


This dataset comprises 614 text files (35MB), each containing a chatlog transcript of an interaction between a convicted child sexual offender and an adult 'decoy' posing as a minor. Perverted Justice, the organisation who produced and published the transcripts online, were reportedly active between 2003-2019. Transcripts were only published transcripts once a suspected offender was convicted. The data is no longer publicly available. Public statement can be found at:

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Information: This dataset contains sensitive material or data that come from a third party and have some constraints on access and use. Users who wish to access this dataset must make a detailed application to FoLD and the researcher, as well as potentially gain additional agreement from an external organisation before they can be approved for access.

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