-Internet sex predators are sending out thousands of friend requests on social networking sites to trawl for young victims.
The perverts are making massive sweeps of the sites in an attempt to identify and groom their preferred prey, police say.
They have warned young people not to accept as friends people they do not know, and not to post personal information about themselves for all to read.
Investigators are increasingly encountering cases of young girls who are blackmailed into sex by strangers they have accepted as “friends”.
Victims are convinced by the predators to strip for a webcam then told the images will be circulated unless they meet sex demands.
In one case, a man was charged with allegedly having sex with a girl he had met online.
But she was the only one to come forward to police and investigators suspect the man used the same technique to have sex with many more.
Offenders risk a rape charge because they have removed consent from the sexual relationship.
Detective Senior-Sergeant Rob Ridley, of the sexual crimes squad, said girls being trapped by this method was a “common scenario”.
He said there were many young people who did not report the crime out of embarrassment or fear.
The deviants often paint themselves as good-looking with an exciting and appealing lifestyle.
He said parents needed to know the risks and try to be their children’s online friends so they could monitor their cyber activities.
Senior Sergeant Ridley said perverts approaching children online often started by taking a heightened interest in their life and gradually tried to alienate then from their parents and other authority figures. They would then start to talk about sexual behaviour, trying to normalise it through conversation, then convincing the victim to strip for a web camera.
Senior- Sergeant Ridley said the same precautions needed to be taken with private information on the internet as in any other circumstance – Mark Buttler


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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