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Sextortion: Trolling the Internet for Innocent Victims

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This article is part 4 of 15 in the column BeAKidsHero™

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Children are not only avid users of social media, they are also fairly naïve. That makes them ideal candidates for sextortion. One of the newer forms of sexual exploitation, sextortion uses the internet to coerce victims, including unsuspecting children, in order to obtain sexual photos, videos or money, or to engage in sex.

Here’s how it often works. A girl reaches out on social media to share feelings or vent. Then one day she receives a response from a boy she doesn’t know, who offers understanding words. A correspondence ensues and before long explicit photos are exchanged. Escalating from here, the boy, who is actually an older man, wants more photos and threatens to expose her if she doesn’t provide them. Read more

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