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When the Mail went on to two of the most popular free dating websites, Plenty of Fish and OK Cupid, their true nature quickly became clear.
When we posted pictures of a respectably dressed Daily Mail writer under a false name, the profile attracted more than 70 messages within an hour from men wishing to indulge in sex — cyber or real.
Becky’s own descent into this terrifying world began at the age of 15, when her boyfriend, to whom she lost her virginity, dumped her and made cruel taunts about her size 16 figure.
Earlier this month, a 14-year-old boy from Gloucestershire was arrested after posting a porn film on Facebook featuring himself and a girl of the same age.
A natural and important part of growing up is taking risks.
But exercising these risks online can have serious consequences.
For Jonathan Baggaley, head of education at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, the biggest danger for young girls is the increasing use of webcams, which are now fitted to even the most basic computers.
He says: ‘For many young people, these days, their first sexual experience will be online.‘It’s now very easy for a flirty conversation over a dating website to be turned into a webcam conversation that can lead them to being persuaded to do more and more online.