Online dating background check
Australian Police have reported an increased trend of sex offenders grooming single mothers on online dating sites in order to gain access to their children.
It is understood three similar cases have occurred within the past year, with the latest involving a 55 year old man who was arrested after Police posed as a single mother of a 13 year old girl. The male had travelled to meet the fictitious woman under the assumption he was to have a intimate encounter with both her and her daughter.
Online Investigations, an Australian private investigation firm who provide the online dating background checking service CupidScreen, reiterates the warning for single mothers not to provide details about their children on their online dating profile.
“I think that it is manifestly unfair that single mums who obviously don’t have the opportunity to go out and meet a potential new partner are utilising a legitimate platform that [provides them with] an opportunity to meet a prospective man and unfortunately these guys we certainly have found are using that as a portal to try and find victims,” stated Queensland Detective Inspector Jon Rouse.
This report follows in the recent launch of the online Community Protection Register (https://www.communityprotection.wa.gov.au) in Western Australia, which allows concerned parents to identify known sex offenders in their area and those who have absconded.
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