Police investigate ‘sex abuse’ in virtual world

Second Life is under police investigation in Britain, Belgium and Holland over claims of online sexual abuse. Some users of the site claim they are so emotionally involved that attacks on “their” avatars leave them traumatised and upset. They term the experience “online rape”. Experts believe that those misusing the site in Britain, where more than 100,000 “residents” have logged on in the past six months, could be vulnerable under laws prohibiting harassment and the sending of malicious messages.

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