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Child Victims of SNS-Linked Crimes Hit Record High in 2016

Child Victims of SNS-Linked Crimes Hit Record High in 2016

   Tokyo, April 20 (Jiji Press)--A record 1,736 youngsters under 18 in Japan fell victim to crimes through social networking services in 2016, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
   The total was up by 84 from the previous year, marking the highest level since the statistics were first compiled in 2008. It hit a record high for the fourth straight year.
   The number of victims through the use of Twitter was the largest at 446, up by 220 from the previous year, according to the NPA. This means that about one out of every four victims fell prey to crimes through the use of Twitter.
   Among users of the "Gyaruru" chat application, victims totaled 136, the second largest in the 2016 tally. But the number decreased by 67 from the previous year.
   Victims who used another communications app, Line, came third at 124, up by nine.

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