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Crime involving Internet use on rise in Okinawa

Date Posted: 2010-10-07

The public’s reliance on electronic media is causing an increased workload on police who’re learning to cope with cyber crimes.

Okinawa Prefectural Police say they’ve investigated 456 cases on only the first six months of 2010, with fraudulent emails topping the list. Phony prize competitions are numerous, police say, along with products offered for sale on the internet and purchased, but never delivered to customers.

Sexual crimes stemming from the internet and social media are keeping police busy, too. They say high school boys have been arrested for posting notices seeking sexual services and acts; in two cases, arrests were made of people paying for sexual services from individuals under age 18. Child pornography law violations have also been recorded, along with violations of the children’s welfare law.

Okinawa Prefectural Police say that people using the internet or email must adhere to Japanese laws and rules. Officers say electronic media users should avoid trouble, but should report incidents encountered.

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