Last year the U.S. Department of Justice warned that sextortion is by far the fastest growing threat to children. They learned this shocking info by surveying investigators, prosecutors, and victim service providers to determine the biggest threats in child sexual exploitation.
More than 60 percent of survey respondents indicated that online extortion of minors was on the rise. (Keep reading to find out what an internet crime detective advises about how to keep your child safe from sextortion.)
So what’s the actual definition of “sextortion”? According to the FBI,
Sextortion is a serious crime that occurs when someone threatens to distribute your private and sensitive material if you don’t provide them images of a sexual nature, sexual favors, or money.
An FBI video explains:
Detectives are on the front lines of crime and know better than anyone the risks kids face in both their physical and virtual worlds.
Protect Young Minds is an organisation that seeks to empower parents, professionals and community leaders to protect young kids from pornography, and promote healing from any sexual exploitation. Visit protectyoungminds.org for more information.