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News report: Facebook used as recruitment tool for human trafficking in Indonesia

The Associated Press reports this week that as many as 27 out of 129 children reported missing in Indonesia this year have been lured into sexual slavery through their Facebook accounts.

 

The article tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who accepted a Facebook request from a man she didn't know, simply out of curiosity. Even after several meetings in person the girl found her new acquaintance charming.

 

Eventually though the 24-year-old man abducted victim, who was held captive as a sexual slave in West Java.

 

"There, he locked her in a small room inside a house with at least five other girls aged 14 to 17," the Associated Press reports. "She was drugged and raped repeatedly - losing her virginity in the first attack."

 

Indonesia has an estimated 50 million Facebook users; the AP notes that many young users and their parents are unaware of the dangers associated with access to personal information online.

 

Click here to read the Associated Press report in its entirety.