More people have been arrested in recent years for sexually soliciting youths online, but the sharp increase comes from better enforcement, and the internet remains a relatively safe social environment, researchers said in a new study.


In a report released March 31, the researchers saw a nearly fivefold jump in arrests for soliciting undercover investigators who posed as juveniles--to 3,100 in 2006, up from 644 in 2000, the last time the study was conducted.


By contrast, arrests for solicitations of actual children increased only 21 percent--to about 615 in 2006, up from an estimated 508 in 2000--during a period in which internet

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