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People hide out in other people's homes for kicks

People hide out in other people's homes for kicks

A 20-year-old man from the US state of Utah sneaked into a strange family's home several times at night. However, he did not steal anything, but rather used the homeowner's computer to watch pornographic videos. He usually sat a few meters away from the sleeping stranger. In March, he was convicted of burglary, trespassing and criminal mischief.

Breaking into other people's homes without stealing anything is known as “phrogging.” The word comes from the English word “frog” and refers to the fact that people jump from one house to another.

Christa Reuther, an expert on the phenomenon of “frogging,” tells Al-Shams that the issue is receiving more attention. On the one hand, this case is getting more media attention because of such horrific individual cases like the one in Utah. As individual cases pile up, more and more people see that there is a pattern.

On the other hand, many documentaries in recent years have shed light on this topic. Another point is the attention that “Phroggers” receives. There are forums where they exchange ideas and give each other advice. Societies facilitate the commission of crimes.

According to Reuther, there are two main motivations for “phroggers”: Driven by desperation, they are looking for a warm, dry, safe place to sleep. This could be the theme of Pamela Anderson's “Phrogger.”

You can imagine that a lot of people are just looking for excitement and fun. This motive is becoming increasingly important as “Phroggers” have an audience through forums.