KYODO NEWS -- Feb 17 -- Alleged Japanese offenses related to online dating fell 9.2% in 2004 from the previous year to 1,582, while the number of victims younger than 18 in these cases dropped 15.1% to 1,085, reported the National Police Agency. The declines were partly attributed to the introduction of a new law in September 2003 that bans online dating websites for soliciting sex involving minors. The report showed that 96% of the victims accessed dating sites via mobile phones. Warnings were issued to 47 website operators; cited for violations such as failing to stipulate that the sites were intended for adults. Prefectural authorities did not order any website operator to change their content.
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