But my first thought when I saw him was: “Oh God, he looks nothing like his picture.” He wasn’t attractive and looked more like 40.

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In fact, they're someone you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with.

A decent person with a good job or business in search of a good, honest partner to settle down with.

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At night, she was trawling up to seven different dating sites, exchanging explicit messages and allowing herself to be filmed stripping and carrying out sex acts — what is known as ‘cybersex’.

Like many parents, her family was unaware how she was spending her time online.

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But as an overweight, insecure teenager, she was desperate for the empty compliments that were showered on her in return for sexual favours — and the encounter was to mark the start of a five-year addiction to having sex with men she met on the internet.