Internet-based child prostitution crimes around Japan skyrocketed 129 percent in 2002, increasing to 268 from 117 a year earlier, according to a National Police Agency report released Thursday.

The report, presented to the National Public Safety Commission, focuses on high-tech crime, which involves illicit use of the Internet and computer systems.

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