Cyber dating crime

The study, by the Federation of Youth Groups and City University, is the first of its kind in Hong Kong.

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Chan fears that the internet may give youths a false sense of immunity, putting them on the slippery slope of crime.

"It is most worrying that these trends, so insidiously sanctioned by the internet's seeming anonymity and intangibility, may lead to more crimes committed by youths both on an online and non-virtual platform, especially with the proliferation of the internet," Chan said.

"It's the 'harder' crimes such as computer hacking, drug purchasing and triad activity that calls for our attention." More than 10 per cent of university students have confessed to buying drugs online, hacking into computers, soliciting paid sex in the name of "compensated dating", and making friends with triad members.

Another 21.9 per cent of university students have stolen virtual money and other possessions in online games.

"Sexting", compensated dating, online drug trafficking and consorting with triads are among the many underrated problems of youth cyber crime, according to a survey released yesterday.

Nearly one-third of secondary school pupils polled have visited pornography sites, three-quarters have illegally downloaded music and software, and more than one-third have faked their identity online.The NCCU has strong links with the ROCUs and local Police Services, sharing information, intelligence and expertise to enhance knowledge of the cyber threat in order to prioritise operational and disruption activity most effectively.The NCCU , ROCUs and local Police forces routinely conduct operations in partnership.For more information on the ROCUs, please visit their individual websites (see below).For information on staying safe online, please visit Get Safe Online or Cyber Streetwise.It was also revealed that 11.6 per cent of teenagers have sent a photo of themselves naked to others, and 13.5 per cent have traded pornographic material."However, it's not so much these so-called 'softer' crimes that we are concerned about," said Wilson Chan Man-ho, supervisor of the Federation of Youth Groups.One of HSI's top priorities is to combat criminal activity conducted on or facilitated by the Internet.HSI's Cyber Crimes Center (C3) delivers computer-based technical services to support domestic and international investigations into cross-border crime.If you have been the victim of cybercrime, please contact Action Fraud.Testimonials from several NCA Officers serving with the NCCU have been published to give you an idea of the roles the NCCU performs and and the career opportunities available.

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