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Serious crimes, including murder, robbery and rape, linked to online dating sites rose 37 percent in 2003 from the year before to 137 cases, the National Police Agency said in a report Thursday.

Rapes accounted for 72 cases, up 19 from the year before. This was followed by robberies at 37, up 13, and indecent assaults at 18, up four. There were six cases of kidnapping and abduction, up by three, and four cases of murder, down two.

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