Young Girls’ Photos Being Solicited Online, Beaumont PD Warns | #predators | #childpredators | #kids

BEAUMONT, CA — The Beaumont Police Department is warning parents of a social media platform that’s soliciting photos from young local girls and posting them online.

“The account is reposting some of these photos, as well as connecting the photos to the social media accounts of the girls,” the department warned Wednesday. “The account is under investigation and officers are trying to determine if there is any illegal activity associated with the account.”

Many parents and children are unaware of the dangers that exist online, the department said.

“Predators are known to create accounts and post online, portraying themselves as children or peers in order to directly contact juveniles through their social media or other online accounts,” the department said. “Oftentimes these contacts contribute to juvenile delinquency, juvenile runaway cases and even sex and/or human trafficking. Your child may be unaware they are exposing themselves to these threats by conversing with strangers online, providing their photos and other personal identifying information that puts them at risk to becoming a victim at the hands of a predator.”

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