Delta police are asking parents to review online safety tips with their children following recent concerns circulating on social media about a possible sex trafficking ring in the area.
“We can confirm that an investigation is currently underway, and we are looking into the circumstances surrounding it,” said DPD spokesperson Cris Leykauf. “It’s vital to protect the privacy of the victim in this matter. We ask that the community respect this, and please refrain from any speculations on our [Facebook] page or that of other local community groups.
“Investigators do not believe there is a need for parents to take any actions beyond the norm, to keep their children safe, however, parents should be aware of what their children are doing on social media, and should have ongoing discussions with their children about internet safety and social media.”
According to Cybertip.ca there have been 305 reports of luring in the past two years in Canada, which is an attempt made by offenders to gain access to children.
Of those reports:
• 39% involved victims 13 years old or under, with the youngest being 8 years old
• 43% involved victims 14–17 years old
• 22% of incidents occurred on Facebook/Facebook Messenger
• 34% of incidents occurred on Instagram, Snapchat, or KIK Messenger
• 9% of incidents occurred on an online gaming platform
“Additionally, parents should ensure children know they should never arrange to meet acquaintances from online in real life, unless there is adult supervision,” added Leykauf.
For additional tips on online safety for children see the Canadian Centre for Child Protection at: https://protectchildren.ca/en/resources-research/supporting-you-through-covid-19/.