Cyber sex crimes against children have trebled in three years, NSPCC warns

There have bee a number of articles recently in the UK press about how easy it is for teenagers (and younger) to gain access to Tinder, Grindr etc. The flipside is how easy it is for paedophiles to contact them…:

Cases of paedophiles using the internet to commit sex crimes against children have trebled in three years, figures show, prompting renewed demands for tougher regulation of social media companies.

The number of cyber sex offences against children increased to 9,543, according to the data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), up from 3,186.

However, the NSPCC said that the actual total was likely to be higher because of inconsistencies in the way the offences, which included rape, sexual assault and grooming, were recorded.

The role of social media has been revealed because police are now required to “cyber flag” any crime in which the internet played a part.


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