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Dozens of children as young as eight have been raped or sexually abused by paedophiles on apps like Tinder and Grindr because they are failing to enforce age restrictions, shocking new figures reveal.
Police forces have investigated more than 30 incidents of child rape since 2015 where victims were sexually exploited after evading age checks on dating apps. One boy, 13, was raped or abused by at least 21 men.
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There were a further 60 instances of child sex offences via online dating platforms, including grooming, kidnapping and violent sexual assault.
The figures were revealed by 10 of 46 British police forces after a freedom of information request by The Sunday Times.
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In one case, an eight-year-old child was groomed by a paedophile on an app before exchanging 'photos of a sexual nature'. He was arrested.
A 13-year-old boy from Yorkshire who had inputted a false date of birth on dating apps was sexually exploited by 21 men he met online, including two teachers.
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And a 16-year-old girl from Nottingham with Down's syndrome was manipulated into sending photos of her genitalia.
Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, described the findings as 'truly shocking'.
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He added: 'I will be writing to these companies asking what measures they have in place to keep children safe from harm, including verifying their age.
'If I'm not satisfied with their response, I reserve the right to take further action.'
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Grindr said: 'Any account of sexual abuse or other illegal behaviour is troubling to us as well as a clear violation of our terms of service.
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