Crimes due to online dating
But there's a dark side to online hookups that may be putting men and women in peril.Matt Doran went to Las Vegas for a scary social experiment in a Crime Watch Daily investigation.
And she has no idea what could await her behind the door.Rape tends to be under-reported and those attacked by people they meet online may be less likely to come forward, meaning the actual number of attacks could be 10 times higher, the NCA warned.Sean Sutton, head of the NCA's Serious Crimes Analysis Section, said: “Part of our campaign is to encourage people to come forward.But that is precisely the process these predators are relying on. "You've heard of horror stories of course." "Oh yeah," said Vera. "I told him I was nervous." But not nervous enough.In many ways I am torn because I recognize it would be really confronting to walk into a room full of cameras, but I also feel passionate about demonstrating their decisions could be deadly." As Powers and Vera come through the door, she is obviously surprised to see our cameras, but soon understands our intentions are well-meaning and seems OK about talking to us. You've known Chris for only a few hours and you're prepared to come up to a room with what could have been anyone in this room, right? Powers has a second Tinder date lined up now with "Hazel" [not her real name], who is even more reckless than Vera. "I was who I said I was, that it's going to be a safe situation." So Hazel comes right to the room. " "Probably not, if this was the outcome," said Hazel. If not, don't" "Is there something Chris said to you to convince you to come along? Just didn't seem like he meant a lot of harm," said Hazel.Some 85% of stranger rape victims are women of which 42% were aged between 20 and 29 and 24% between 40 and 49.
George Kidd, chief executive of the Online Dating Association, which is supporting the campaign, said: "Sexual assault or abuse is never acceptable. "The NCA is right to look at what happens online and the ODA are already working with them in getting the right messages out to people." The news comes after an investigation revealed alleged crimes involving dating apps Tinder and Grindr increased sevenfold between 20.
They've been chatting for just a matter of hours, really, and she's quite comfortable.
She says she's happy to come over here and come upstairs to his hotel room. After Powers finds her and introduces himself, Vera walks through the lobby with him to take the elevator up to his suite for pre-dinner drinks. Obviously you were pretty quick to bring her up to your room here." Powers: "No, there was no hesitation when we met.
Our message is the police will take them seriously and deal with them sympathetically." "You can't see a stranger rapist coming; they are going to be charming potentially they are going to be persuasive," he said.
"If you think you can see one from a distance or even up front, you can't - that's the issue." More than nine million Britons have signed up to dating websites and the NCA is advising users to be more careful.
"You have tons and tons of strangers sharing all sorts of details, intimate, sending pictures, sending private information, and it's all available to strangers, with very little proof of you being who you are or what your real intentions are," said Powers.