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Police warning after Sussex teen's online sex act
10:24am Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
A 14-year-old girl was coerced into performing a sex act on camera via a networking site.
Police are now warning parents to be on their guard about such sites following the incident in Worthing.
Detective Constable Paul Tonks, from Worthing CID, said: “There are now sites that allow people to log on for free and they only have to register a temporary username.
“Then there are literally thousands of webcams broad-casting all manner of activity from around the world.
“Such sites, which do not have many regulations, are increasingly popular with teenagers.
“It is very easy to link to a chat site that skirts around the criteria that parents expect to be in place in their child-friendly software.
“We are warning the public, particularly young people, about the dangers of such sites because you just don’t know who you are talking to.
“With no administrators or regulators, there is no one to complain to.
“With technology more concerned with fast transmission than safe moderation or record-keeping, there’s nothing to trace an offender.
“That doesn’t mean people should not bother reporting internet-based offences to the police however.
“Be aware as much you can about what your children are accessing online.”
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