Users are free to explore pedophilic themes within the sexually uninhibited environment of the Internet.
Fantasy users often progressed into sexually more explicit dialogue as a novelty created through cyberspace, and within the anonymous context of these virtual environments, gradually experimented with more obscene types of chat.
Fantasy users hid their online interactions from others, and despite feelings of guilt or shame, continued to engage in such acts.
The majority of these cases involved previously law-biding men who had no history of sexual addiction, no history of renting adult movies, visiting strip clubs, or collecting pornography, but their sole problem with sex stemmed from using the Internet.
Users can explore darker parts of their sexuality using the anonymous and limitless context of the Internet, changing their name, age, occupation, or physical description.
According to a CBS News report, the FBI alone opens up six new traveler investigations every week (Andrews, 2000b).
This same report indicated that the Center for Missing and Exploited Children receives about fifteen new leads about online enticements each week, and a traveler is arrested somewhere in the United States almost every day.
A disturbing number of recent traveler cases involve men who are first-time offenders with no criminal history of sexual activity towards minors.
Some high profile cases include Patrick Naughton, a top executive at Infoseek/Go.com, Terry Spontarelli, a Los Alamos research chemist, and George De Bier, a former Belgian diplomat (Andrews, 2000b).
Their profiles were similar, that of men who held upper-income jobs, and otherwise law-abiding citizens, arrested for traveling to meet undercover agent posing as a minor on the Internet.