A 10-year-old girl was reportedly targeted online by at least 16 men looking to engage in sexual activity with her.
The men contacted the young girl on her iPad, which she received from her parents in order to help her with schoolwork. A month after receiving the tablet, her mother checked it and found that her daughter had been contacted numerous times on such apps as Snapchat and Skype.
According to the Daily Mail, the incident began when a man contacted the girl on Snapchat. The conversations started normally, but the man soon began sending her sexually explicit messages. Authorities believe that the man later sent her information to others.
The girl’s father said that when other men began to contact her, she told them that she was underage. This, according to the father, only encouraged them to continue sending explicit messages and photos.
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“In one case they begged her to undress. When she refused he said ‘Your parents won't come into your room in the time it will take to get out of your pajamas’,” the 37-year-old father said. Another man reportedly offered to send the girl money so that she could travel to where he lives and meet up with him.
The parents said while they were aware that their daughter was using the apps, they had taken “all sensible child safety measures that all sensible parents do.”
“I'm asking every parent to do the same. My little girl was groomed into doing things we thought were unthinkable. If it can happen to us it can happen to anyone,” the girl’s mother said.
Source: Daily Mail / Photo Credit: dailymail.co.uk