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US Justice Department warns of dramatic rise in ‘sextortion’ cases targeting children

(CNN) — At least 3,000 minors, mostly boys, were targeted by the trafficking schemes. sextortion financial this year. That’s a dramatic increase from previous years, the US Justice Department announced in a public safety alert on Monday.

According to the Justice Department, through social media, predators have begun to communicate to their targets before moving the conversation to other platforms, where they primarily use direct messages. Thus, they trick victims into providing explicit material, and then demand money, sometimes thousands of dollars, and threaten to give the images to the victim’s family and friends.

“The FBI has seen an alarming increase in reports of fraud schemes. sextortion “The targeting of minor children, and the fact that many of the victims are too afraid to report, are not included in those numbers,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.

According to the department, at least a dozen victims have committed suicide as a result of these crimes.

plans of sextortionMainly targeting 14- to 17-year-olds — although there are 10-year-olds as well — they have emerged primarily in West African countries including Nigeria and the Ivory Coast, according to the department. It is not clear whether these cells of criminals are connected or not.

Ray said the FBI “needs parents and caregivers to work with us to stop this crime before it happens and help children report it if it does.”

“Victims may feel that there is no way out; It is up to all of us to assure them that they are not in trouble, there is hope and they are not alone,” said the director.

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