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Sex case leads to warnings about apps on smartphones

By Zhao Yinan  (China Daily)

08:54, December 19, 2012

A cellphone user reads an alert sent by the customer service of Weixin, a popular instant-message application, warning users to be careful to prevent the theft of account information. PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY

A man who friended more than 160 adolescent boys on instant messenger applications and persuaded at least three to have sex with him is still waiting for a court verdict that could send him to prison for up to five years.

Li Jun, an former official at the Civil Affairs Bureau in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, was accused by prosecutors of sending sex-grooming messages with a smartphone app to boys aged under 13.

He has become one of a string of suspects using phone-embedded messaging services to locate potential victims.

QQ Drift Bottle, an application used by Li, allows users to randomly throw a digital bottle with encoded messages to a stranger's phone.

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