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Facebook used to kidnap, traffic girls

2012-10-29 15:15

Depok — When a 14-year-old girl received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn't know, she accepted it. It was the beginning of a story that is repeating itself as sexual predators find new ways to exploit Indonesia's growing obsession with social media.

The junior high student was kidnapped by the man, locked in a small room and raped repeatedly. She had been told she would be sent to an island known for child sex tourism but ended up being freed.

In the month since then, there have been at least seven other reports of Indonesian girls being abducted by people they met on Facebook. Abductors used that tactic against 27 of the 129 children reported missing this year to Indonesian child welfare officials.

Comments
  • lynette.venter.12 - 2012-10-29 15:43

    What is this world coming too...

      vandross.ntshegi - 2012-10-29 16:52

      To an end. Lol

  • vandross.ntshegi - 2012-10-29 15:51

    Age restriction would be a good idea on facebook. Im not insisting, It's just a suggestion quite friendly. If you take time to think about it, Is kinda weird having to think that a 12 year old is using the same social network used by a 43 year old. Can you honestly tell me that a 42 year old cannot find a way to get a 13 year old somewhere on the corner? It might not always be the case, but the probability is insanely high

  • Raymon - 2012-10-29 16:30

    Parents should not allow their under-aged children to access the internet AT ALL ... There's more evil than good on the Internet.Do not take the chance.

      mtowodzwa - 2012-10-29 16:54

      Our children are a lot clever\r\nthese days. They find ways to circumvet the whole process. For example, i have a learner who turned 16 yersterday, but on her profile she was turning 107!

      kim.mann.127 - 2012-10-29 20:28

      I think all men over the age of 18 should be banned from Facebook seeing as most these crimes are committed by men. Oh, that doesn't make logical sense does it?? So ban all kids because don't know how to behave - how stupid!! There should just be stricter rules, FB should insist that people provide proof of who they are and should check their personal details, ie age, gender, etc and instead of sex still being seen as an evil taboo subject, kids should be educated in what men want and how to prevent these things from happening (boys too because they are also victims of these predators).

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