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Child Victims of SNS-Linked Crimes Hit Record in Japan

Child Victims of SNS-Linked Crimes Hit Record in Japan

   Tokyo, Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)--A record number of children under 18 years old in Japan fell victim to crimes through social networking services in January-June this year, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
   The number of such victims rose by 100, or 17 pct, from a year earlier to 698, the highest since the agency started collecting data in 2008.
   Junior high school girls who became such victims jumped 22 pct, and children victimized via identification exchange sites for smartphone communications service users doubled, apparently due to the spread of smartphones among teenagers, according to the agency.
   Children who fell prey to such crimes as sexual molestation, prostitution and pornography by people they met via social networking sites decreased for the two successive years through 2012 thanks to stronger surveillance by site operators.
   But such victim children increased in 2013 as more perpetrators preyed on those who use free smartphone communications applications such as Line and Kakao Talk and post ID codes on bulletin boards for ID exchanges.

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