"If [a flasher] thinks no one can get to him, then he's going to do this again and again and again.
It's important for him to feel the threat of prosecution." Jim Walden, a former federal prosecutor and co-chairman of the white-collar defense and investigations group at Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York, said a prosecutor would theoretically have sufficient basis to start an investigation based solely on an offending broadcast shown in his or her jurisdiction.
However, the ability to pair users with similar interests through the channel mechanism might lead to the establishment of ‘safe’ channels free from the marauding masturbators that currently provide much amusement / horror to users, whilst allowing those seeking an ‘erotic’ encounter to do so without encountering people who are just there for a chat.
But a large number of them seem determined to expose themselves, or to entice others to do so -- and that is causing alarm among authorities and child protection advocates.
Chatroulette, they say, is a "predator's paradise." Though users of the site must confirm that they are at least 16 years old and that they agree not to broadcast obscene, offending or pornographic material, some legal experts -- including one who saw the dangers firsthand -- say those barriers can be easily bypassed and can connect children with sexual predators and child molesters.
Until recently, the Chatroutlette interface has been incredibly simple, featuring little more than two video windows and a text chat pane.
The enhancements, Localroulette and Channelroulette allow users to chat only with those in the same country or in a selected special-interest channel, respectively.He said its seven servers are located in Frankfurt, Germany.