Updated October 25, Sexual predators are actively targeting potential victims through online dating sites and hook-up apps, as rape and sexual assault figures in Queensland hit a five-year high. Police and sexual assault counsellors said they were working with more survivors who had suffered an attack after meeting someone either on a website or via a mobile app. One of those is year-old Jane — not her real name — who met a man at a local pub after the pair courted one another through an online dating service. When she woke up and when she went to bed she would receive a sweet message from the man on her mobile phone. After weeks of conversation and flirting on the phone, the two decided to meet at a pub on Brisbane's north.
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Sex attacks involving dating apps on the rise - police figures - BBC News
Police chiefs are calling on dating apps and sites to do more to protect users, after sexual offences in which such platforms were used almost doubled in the previous four years according to police data. The number of offences where a dating site was mentioned in a police report increased from in , to last year, according to figures from 23 of the 43 forces in England and Wales. Figures show that between and there were a total of 2, recorded offences — including sexual offences — where an online dating website or app was mentioned in a police report. In one of the examples highlighted, Katherine Smith, 26, was stabbed to death by Anthony Lowe in September , two months after meeting on the website Plenty of Fish. After pleading guilty to murder at Cardiff Crown Court last year, Lowe was jailed for a minimum of 18 years. During his trial, the court heard how Lowe faked his identity to meet Ms Smith, saying he was 10 years younger and that his name was Tony Moore.
Sex attacks involving dating apps on the rise - police figures
Digital technology, especially smart devices, have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people meet each other and establish relationships — romantic or otherwise. Attitudes towards dating apps and services have grown progressively more positive in recent years. People are now not only turning to their devices to work, shop, and play, but to manage their personal lives and relationships too. Online dating is becoming more popular.
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