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Men allegedly used Facebook, Instagram to groom 140 teenagers

A police investigation has uncovered a suspected sex ring which allegedly used social media to groom up to 140 teenagers online, some as young as 13.

The men, aged 18 to 41, used popular apps like Facebook and Instagram to build a relationship with their victims in a bid to “ultimately engage in sexual contact with them”, according to WA Police.

A total of 18 people, including four reportable offenders, have been charged with 214 offences, including drug, trespass and cruelty to animals charges, in the wake of the investigation.

Police claim 23 of the 140 victims, aged between 13 and 19, were victims of sexual offending.

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