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Child Victims of SNS-Linked Crimes Hit Record 889 in Jan.-June

Tokyo, Oct. 20 (Jiji Press)–A record 889 people under 18 in Japan fell victim to sex crimes and other offenses through social networking services in January-June, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
The number of victims rose by 33 from July-December last year, marking the highest level since data on a half-year basis became available in 2008.
As a breeding ground for sex crimes, Twitter and other largely unregulated social media overtook online dating sites, which are bound by strict regulations including a ban on use by those under 18, analysts said.
According to the NPA, the number of victims through the use of Twitter was the largest at 180, up by 39, accounting for 20 pct of the total.
Meanwhile, victims decreased among users of SNS sites with preventive measures, such as restrictions on exchanges with users at or above 18 and monitoring of posted messages.