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September 24, 2021

By a Biometrica staffer

There’s been a large increase in the number of sextortion complaints made to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warned at the start of this month. As of July 31, 2021, the FBI IC3 said it had received over 16,000 sextortion complaints this year, with losses exceeding $8 million. Historically, teenagers and young persons have been thought of as the main targets of sextortion scams. But per the FBI IC3, nearly half the sextortion victims who submitted complaints in 2021 were in the 20–39 age group…

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September 23, 2021

By Aara Ramesh

The exploitation of children is a real and present problem, one that has only worsened — like many others — as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Children are roped into forced labor; they are trafficked for sex; they are coerced into the production of child sexual abuse material — the list of crimes goes on.

There are, thus, many laws in place designed to protect children across these areas of concern. One extremely complicated example is that of the age of consent, both when it comes to sex and marriage. In the U.S…

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September 22, 2021

By a Biometrica staffer

As of June 30, 2021, 155 federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers (LEOs) died in the line of duty, according to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). That’s roughly a 10% increase over the 141 officers killed during the same period last year. Should the pace continue, the number of LEO deaths in the line of duty could exceed 2020’s total (of 295), which was the second highest on record. …

September 22, 2021

By a Biometrica staffer

Law enforcement officers, manufacturers, and sports shooters across the country are expressing worries over recent record gun sales leading to an ammunition shortage, with many saying that such a state of affairs could drag on for at least another year or year and a half.

In Baltimore County, the dearth in supplies is leading some police agencies to turn to shooting range stocks. A local tactical police unit there said it had placed extra orders for some key ammunition in 2020, but had not received it due to a nationwide shortage. …

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September 21, 2021

By Aara Ramesh

Over the last few weeks, the case of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito has commanded the lion’s share of the internet and news media’s attention. Petito, a 22-year-old lifestyle vlogger (video blogger) from Long Island, was reported missing by her family around Sept. 10, while she was on a cross-country road-trip with her 23-year-old fiance Brian Laundrie.

Soon after her disappearance made news, people on social media trained their focus in on the search for her, possibly — according to some experts — seeing this as an opportunity both to participate in a real-time “true crime”…

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September 20, 2021

By a Biometrica staffer

In late 2020, much before anyone ever imagined that a deadlier variant of the Covid-19 virus would sweep across the world and wreak renewed havoc on healthcare and governance systems, organizations like the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned that the pandemic had brought about new opportunities for organized crime groups (OCGs). Measures to prevent the virus from spreading, like lockdowns and restrictions, did affect OCGs much like the rest of us.

For instance, the UNODC said in a report in July 2020 that the Covid-19 crisis disrupted drug trafficking…

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September 16, 2021

By Deepti Govind

On Sept. 17, 2020, in recognition of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day, the Physicians Foundation published the alarming results of a new survey that found that nearly one in four physicians (22%) know another physician who has committed suicide, and that the majority (58%) express feelings of burnout. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck and led to massive overtime and exacerbated emotional stress of working in the healthcare industry, physician burnout rates were already at an all-time high. …

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September 14, 2021

By Deepti Govind

You don’t need to be a poker player to have come across the phrase “Dead Man’s Hand.” References to it are scattered across popular culture says From books, like James Patterson’s Along Came a Spider; to movies and TV shows, as in one episode of Criminal Minds; to video games, as in an expansion to Fallout: Las Vegas; as a theme for some escape rooms; and, of course, in music. It’s such a popular phrase, with a fascinating tale behind it, that as a special homage, the folks at Vanishing Inc. …

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September 10, 2021

By Deepti Govind

When one talks of a terror attack, people are most likely to conjure up images of a group of masked assailants, with some kind of weaponry, hijacking a plane. That’s the lasting effect that images and videos of the 9/11 attacks created, more so, of course, on those who were present on that fateful day and those old enough to remember it across the world. In any case, there’s no doubt of the transcendent impact of the terror attacks of Sept. 11 2001.

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September 9, 2021

By Aara Ramesh

Earlier this week, on Sept. 7, erstwhile FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe cautioned D.C. law enforcement to be on the alert ahead of the Sept. 18 “Justice for J6” rally planned in support of the rioters charged for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He added that the risk of violence should be taken “very seriously.”

McCabe is just one of many on Capitol Hill who are bracing themselves for another possible riot. One law enforcement source allegedly confirmed to CNN that “the Metropolitan Police Department will be fully activated,” and that…

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