Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Police Warn Child Predators Increasing Use of Social Network Sites

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Police Warn Child Predators Increasing Use of Social Network Sites

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CHILD predators are using social networking sites more than ever to prey on naive children police say.

In the past week, detectives attached to the child sex-crime squad Taskforce Argos, arrested seven men in Brisbane after allegedly finding child pornography in their homes.

Four of those are accused of using the internet to procure a child under 16.

Detective Inspector Jon Rouse (pictured), who has worked on child-sex cases for more than 14 years, said the evolving methods being used by predators were of significant concern.

He said even social networking sites with rigorous security protocols were being penetrated because safety tips were not being adhered to.

C[pounds sterling]We are now regularly identifying and arresting people who create online accounts and pose as 11 to 13-year-old boys and girls to befriend other young children,C[yen] Det Insp Rouse said.

C[pounds sterling]Very quickly online conversations become sexualised with the offenders sending pornographic images to the children and asking the child to send pictures back. …

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