A 22-year-old woman has been murdered after meeting a man she met online.
British backpacker Grace Millane was on around–the–world trip when she met her date on tinder.
In CCTV footage shown during the trial, Grace is seen smiling and enjoying the company of a male.
The CCTV footage recorded the two visiting a number of bars before showing her final moments in an elevator.
This footage was the last the world saw of Grace before she entered the killer’s apartment in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 27-year old who cannot be named for legal reasons allegedly strangled Ms. Millane.
The dangers of the online world are an ever-growing cause for concern.
Sky News reported in April 2019, “Reported crimes relating to online dating have risen dramatically in the last five years.”
From the Police forces in the UK, 2,054 offenses were recorded between the years 2011 to 2016.
A 2016 article by The Telegraph, “Tinder and Grinder linked to more than 500 crimes.”
According to this article, more than 500 people have fallen victim to murder, rape and child abuse as a result of using dating apps.
According to the NSPCC, “Over 5,000 online grooming offenses recorded in 18 months.”
In 2014, 14-year-old Breck Bednar fell victim to online grooming. Having met the predator on a gaming website, Breck was lured to a flat and tragically murdered.
Over the course of several months, Breck was manipulated into believing this predator was his friend.
Breck’s mother Lorin LaFave began educating young people about the dangers of the virtual world.
Through her organization named after her son, Lorin has traveled to schools all around the U.K.