By Daily Mail Reporter
Published: 00:52 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 00:52 GMT, 1 March 2019
Social media giants are operating like the ‘Wild West’ after a surge in paedophiles on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, according to children’s charity the NSPCC.
Predators have been recorded grooming children online 5,161 times in the first 18 months since it was made a crime, police figures reveal.
There were nearly 2,000 grooming cases in the six months to September 2018 alone – ten a day.
Girls aged 12 to 15 are most at risk but paedophiles have targeted children as young as five, according to