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Parents in the dark as child predators evolve, online exploitation soars

Online child exploitation has soared from 1000 Australian cases to 17,000 in a decade, with federal police warning parents that they are being left behind while predators evolve their methods and target new platforms.

Investigators are finding sex offenders infiltrating new spaces such as online gaming to trade messages with children under the guise of being another like-minded enthusiast.

  • Zach Hope
  • The Age

Others are turning to parents themselves, tricking them and their children with promises of fashion competitions or pretending to come recommended by friends.

Australian Federal Police child safety manager Marina Simoncini said there was …

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