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Internet crimes slowly increase in Okinawa

Date Posted: 2011-10-07

Internet websites targeting children are accounting for increases in cyber crimes being investigated by the Okinawa Prefectural Police.

Authorities say bulletin board community sites and game sites are significantly problematic, and account for the higher statistics over the past year. Police say children are becoming acquainted with others on community sites by posting on bulletin boards, and that those connections are furthered as cell phone numbers are exchanged. Most of the victims, say police, are junior high and high school students.

Exposures of online dating services a year ago has resulted in dramatic reductions in the number of crimes involving those sites. Okinawa Prefectural Police say 17 cases of child prostitution and another five involving child pornography violations, together with four cases against youth protection cases have kept their crime unit busy.

In the first six months of this year, Okinawa Prefectural Police have been consulting in 497 cases, an increase of 41 cases from the same period a year ago. Cases involving swindlers and unscrupulous business practices accounted for 244 case investigations, while defamation of character and slander cases involved police 103 times.

Police say the most common complaint that starts an investigation are the works “I accessed an adult site and there’s a demand scene”, or I’ve received demand e-mail or cell phone call on something that I don’t remember having done”. They say swindling and unscrupulous business practices are the majority of the investigations.

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