Minneapolis police are investigating at least six recent cases in which young girls have been sexually assaulted by men they met through the Internet or on telephone chat lines, the Minneapolis Star Tribune says.
The victims, usually from the suburbs, at first met the men in public places. The assaults happened after they went someplace private, said Lt. Mike Sauro. Seven men assaulted one of the victims, and some of the girls were as young as 12, he said. “The contacts on the Internet and chat lines are totally legal,” he said. “The problem is when these men use them to develop victim contacts.”
Sauro said parents can help prevent their children from becoming victims by placing their home computer where they can monitor it. Parents can also install filters to track the Web sites their children have visited and prevent children them from connecting to offensive or dangerous Web sites.