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"I pretty much just said 'Why don't we go out to eat or something, come over to my hotel, we'll have a couple of drinks in my room and then we'll go out from there,'" said Powers. " "I didn't really reveal anything about myself," said Powers.
Of the hundred young women Powers has just met on Tinder, several have given him their addresses and invited him to come over and take them out on a date, and two have actually agreed to come right to his hotel. "And if they do question it for a second, it takes very little to get them to change their mind, and think, 'Oh, I was so silly to think anything bad could happen.'" Powers has gone down to the lobby to meet the first girl of the evening, who's come here to meet him.
We conducted the operation in Las Vegas, which poses a higher danger level than most other cities for young female online daters because it attracts a high number of out-of-town men looking for some action.
Powers went to work on Tinder looking for local women willing to meet him in his hotel suite.
A case in point in Gainesville, Florida, where our affiliate station WJXT Jacksonville reports that 27-year-old Gerard Roberts was charged with raping a young woman on a blind date after police had already received stalking complaints about him from women on the mega-popular dating app Tinder.
And there are a lot of other creepy guys out there in the world of "cyberdating." In Denver, Colorado, our affiliate station KDVR reports 29-year-old Darren Auger is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman he'd met on Tinder.
"You have tons and tons of strangers sharing all sorts of details, intimate, sending pictures, sending private information, and it's all available to strangers, with very little proof of you being who you are or what your real intentions are," said Powers.
In many ways I am torn because I recognize it would be really confronting to walk into a room full of cameras, but I also feel passionate about demonstrating their decisions could be deadly." As Powers and Vera come through the door, she is obviously surprised to see our cameras, but soon understands our intentions are well-meaning and seems OK about talking to us. You've known Chris for only a few hours and you're prepared to come up to a room with what could have been anyone in this room, right? Powers has a second Tinder date lined up now with "Hazel" [not her real name], who is even more reckless than Vera. "I was who I said I was, that it's going to be a safe situation." So Hazel comes right to the room. " "Probably not, if this was the outcome," said Hazel. If not, don't" "Is there something Chris said to you to convince you to come along? Just didn't seem like he meant a lot of harm," said Hazel.
We set up hidden cameras with microphones stretching from the hotel lobby to the elevator, the hallway leading to the suite, and inside the suite itself.
And Powers has been hard at work looking for dates on Tinder. Matt Doran: "Some of these women have actually already handed you out their physical address." Chris Powers: "Yeah. She said she didn't want to drive -- I said 'I'll pick you up,' and I asked where she lived and she just flat out gave me the address." Now Powers has found the first young woman who is willing to come right to his door.
They've been chatting for just a matter of hours, really, and she's quite comfortable.
She says she's happy to come over here and come upstairs to his hotel room. After Powers finds her and introduces himself, Vera walks through the lobby with him to take the elevator up to his suite for pre-dinner drinks. Obviously you were pretty quick to bring her up to your room here." Powers: "No, there was no hesitation when we met.