Task force: Iowa sees increase of crimes that sexually exploit children online

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - The Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says they have seen an increase in exploited children on the internet.

KCCI reports last month the group who works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received 150 tips. In past years, they've only received about a dozen a month.

"The numbers are up over the last 10 years, over 1,000 percent for the cases we receive," Nate McLaren, special agent in charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said.

McLaren says the uptick could be because in an Internet-driven society there are more children online, giving predators a greater chance to target them for pornographic images or sex.

If you have any information about a cybercrime against a child, contact the national center anonymously at 1-800-THE-LOST.