Safety statistics of internet dating

But there's a dark side to online hookups that may be putting men and women in peril.

Matt Doran went to Las Vegas for a scary social experiment in a Crime Watch Daily investigation.

Online dating has become a boom industry, grossing more than billion a year, making it even an bigger money spinner than porn, with 38 percent of all American singles looking for a relationship using dating sites and apps.

"Sexual assault is a crime, full stop, and we want victims to feel confident reporting it to the police." Guidelines for staying safe during online dating are available from nonprofit Get Safe Online.Also in Denver, KDVR reports a man posing as a rock musician named "John" on Tinder turned out to be a thief whose real name was Kenneth David Burrell.He allegedly robbed the home of a woman he'd met on an online blind date.More recently, casual dating hook-up apps like Tinder and Grindr emerged.Online relationships tend to progress more quickly than those offline, the National Crime Agency said, and emotional intimacy often leads to people feeling that they are at a more advanced stage of a relationship by the time they meet in real life.The date-rape statistics show that in 41 percent of cases, the victim and offender started their date at a private residence and that 72 percent of the rapes were committed a private residence.

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