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As recently as 2012 we were only getting a handful of reports a year, now we’re getting hundreds, and our law enforcement partners across Europe are reporting a similar picture,” Roy Sinclair, from the NCA’s Anti-Kidnap and Extortion Unit, noted.According to NCA’s statistics, most of the victims are men aged between 11 and 30.Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.
But it still means that one-third of online daters have not yet met up in real life with someone they initially found on an online dating site.
Therefore, a key purpose of our campaigning is to give more victims the confidence to confide in police about any situations or threats they’ve encountered,” Detective Chief Inspector Paul Gelman of the Hampshire Constabulary told Capital FM, which also provided a first-person account of the sextortion experience by a teenager from Hampshire.
The teen was lonely and took to dating sites to meet people, and was contacted by a woman who first chatted with him, then asked him for his Facebook profile and picture, then invited him onto Skype to talk “in person.” It took some weeks for all this to happen, and by the time they got on Skype, “it seemed normal when this woman started talking intimately.” Suspecting nothing, he was persuaded into performing sexual acts, and that was it.
To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.