FBI Warning

FBI Warning

The FBI has issued a warning concerning the potential threat posed by human traffickers who are using popular social media and online dating sites to lure their victims online. “Offenders often exploit dating apps and websites to recruit- and- later advertise sex trafficking victims. In addition, offenders are increasingly recruiting labor trafficking victims through what appear to be legitimate job offers,” said the Bureau. Due to the large amount of information available online, sex traffickers now have access to a much larger pool of potential victims from all around the world. Teenage girls are especially at risk if they overshare their personal lives on social media. Offenders take that information and use it to establish a false sense of trust and then groom their victims. Officials urge people to be wary of what they share online and to also take advantage of the safety settings that many platforms offer.

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