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Pandemic cited as child porn complaints spike

Predators target children on their cell phones and other digital devices with time on their hands because schools are closed.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The COVID-19 pandemic has yet another dark side: child pornography complaints have doubled since March.

The reason: children are home from school and frequently on their cell phones and other digital devices, making them more susceptible to overtures from predators.

New York State Police report the number of complaints in March, April and May jumped from 1,339 last year to 2,640 for the same period this year. (No local data is available.)

For more on this story, please visit the Investigative Post website.

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