Internet risk to children on rise

Paul Millar
May 21, 2010

A growing number of internet-savvy sex predators are preying on vulnerable teenagers.

Victoria Police have confirmed that organised criminal networks and individuals in and outside Australia have been grooming children for illegal sex and the number of predators is rising.

The prolific growth of online social network sites has provided a ready-made playground for predators to seek out potential victims, earn their trust and then sexually exploit or abuse them.

Federal police statistics show that 152 people have been charged in the past 18 months with online child sex exploitation. The Australian Institute of Criminology has warned that the opportunities to sexually exploit children through the internet will increase. >

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