Sextortion online becoming ‘more prevalent’

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November 14, 2013
Sextortion online becoming ‘more prevalent’
The case of B.C. teen Amanda Todd brought sexual extortion to light
From CBC News

Law enforcement officials have spent much of the past two decades cautioning youth about the dangers of online luring.

But child protection advocates are warning about an emerging phenomenon called “sextortion,” a devious practice in which predators take advantage of webcams and the emotional vulnerability of teenagers to elicit sexual favours.

Paul Gillespie, president and CEO of the Toronto-based Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA), says sexual extortion has become a major concern for law enforcement officials worldwide.

“For colleagues of mine from Australia, from Sweden, this is absolutely at the top of their radar right now, the number one issue,” he says. [READ FULL STORY]

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