Over the past four years, 17 people in the Greater Manchester area have reported being raped after using one of two apps, Grindr and Tinder, according to police statistics obtained by Leech through a freedom of information request.
A total of 58 people were victims of online dating-related crimes in those four years, some of them sexual. For context, in 2012 the area had an overall average of 243 sexual assaults and rapes every month.) Many apps offer a page of advice for safe dating.
While we have never personally heard of a sex trafficking case on any of our websites, we still think you should be aware of all the facts to stay safe online.
Keep reading to learn more about sex trafficking and how to avoid becoming a target. Human trafficking is the trading of men, women and children for the purpose of servitude and forced labor.
Decisions to meet arise from limited information: A convenient location; a sultry glance captured in pixels; a mutual interest in “banter.” In 2014, Tinder users were spending as long as 90 minutes a day on the site.Online dating is a fun and convenient way to meet new people and fall in love and thousands of people across the world are doing just that.As part of our efforts to educate you about online dating safety we would like to discuss sex trafficking.An early warning sign is when they want to immediately go to text or email, instead of talking through the online dating site.
This happens because they know that they’ll quickly be reported by someone on the site, and their profile removed, and they want to try to hook you into an offline conversation before that occurs.Believe it or not, another common red flag is if someone say they are a widower with no children, or adult children.