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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Massive rise in online dating-related crimes

Journalists reveal official data showing huge increases in number of sexual and violent offences relating to online dating over last six years.

383% increase in last six years

In the same week as the Crown Prosecution Service announced that the number of prosecutions and convictions for offences of sexual violence has reached an all-time high, news has emerged about the growth in crime related to online dating.

Unsurprisingly, as the number of people using online dating services has increased, so too has the number of crimes related to their usage. According to figures obtained by Sky News from Police UK, there has been a 383 percent jump in reported offences which were connected to online dating. Breaking down those crimes, in 2016, 106 were sexual and a further 240 were classed as violent – marking an increase of 657 and 728 percent since 2011, respectively.

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