British police and prosecutors are set to experiment with controversial techniques designed to entice suspects into incriminating themselves via phone calls or text messages. The tactic is used by American police which entails having women make phone calls or send text m essages to alleged attackeers to see if they can extract an admission of guilt. The approach has women ending a text message that might say, “how could you do this to me” hoping the man will respond with “I’m really sorry” or words to that effect. The so-called “pretext” phone call is legal in some, but not all states, in America. It is particularly used in cases where the man and woman knew one another which makes for difficulty in getting juries to vote a conviction. The issue facing British police is the requirement to inform a suspect that anything they say might be held against them in a court of law.
There is some belief such tactics might be allowed during early stages of a rape investigation. In recent cases, the Canadian courts are allowing the use of text message data to be admitted into a rape trial.