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Cyber exploitation of kids surges under quarantine


Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Minnesota U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said parents should engage in frank conversations with their kids about internet safety. "Sometimes you gotta take away just a little bit of innocence to protect a whole lot of innocence and pain," she said.

Under the pandemic, law enforcement has seen a surge in reports of sexual crimes against minors online, driven by quarantined kids - and predators - spending more time in front of screens.

In March and April, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has counted more than 1,000 complaints involving child pornography or other forms of cyber exploitation of children, a 30% increase from the same time last year.


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