What on Earth is sextortion?

WHAT IS IT?

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.

The perpetrator may also threaten to harm your friends or relatives by using information they have obtained from your electronic devices unless you comply with their demands."

WHAT IS SEXTING?

Sexting is sending sexually explicit messages, photos, or videos via cell phone, computer, or any digital device. Sexting with anyone under 18 is illegal and considered to be CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

 

If you are in possession of CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, meaning you have any explicit photos or videos of anyone under 18, you could be sent to prison and/or have "sex offender" on your permanent record. EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T ASK FOR THEM TO BE SENT TO YOU.

 

Traffickers try to trick kids into sending explicit images which they then upload onto Porn Hub or sell on the Dark Web. Then they trap them by shaming them or they threaten to share those images and videos.

 

If you have games or apps on your devices, you are at risk. Many apps have access to your camera and location.

RED FLAGS:

Those involved in the sextortion of children often:

  • Approach a child on social media after using it to learn about the child’s interests, friends, school, family, etc.

  • Intentionally move their communications with the child from one online platform to another (e.g., moving from social media to private video chat or messaging apps)

  • Use tactics to coerce a child, including:

    • Reciprocation (“I’ll show you, if you show me”)

    • Initially offering something to the child, such as money or drugs, in exchange for sexually explicit photos/videos

    • Pretending to work for a modeling agency to obtain sexual images of the child

    • Developing a bond with the child by establishing a friendship/romantic relationship 

    • Secretly recording sexually explicit videos of the child during video chats

    • Physically threatening to hurt or sexually assault the child or the child’s family members

    • Using multiple online identities to contact a child  

    • Pretending to be younger and/or a member of the opposite sex 

    • Accessing the child’s online account without authorization and stealing sexual images or videos of the child

    • Threatening to create sexual images or videos of the child using digital-editing tools 

    • Threatening to commit suicide if the child does not provide sexual images or videos

    • Saving sexually explicit conversations with the child and threatening to post them online

  • SOURCE: NCMAC

How to change which apps can access you location:

iPhone:

Under Settings > Privacy > Location Services

This is where you control which apps have access to your location. Find an App

Choose an option:

Never: The app cannot access your location

at all.

 

While Using the App: The app only has access

to your location while it’s open on the screen

in front of you.

 

Always: The app can query your location

in the background.

Samsung:

Settings > Location (or Security & Location)

Tap App permissions

Find an App

Follow options similar to iPhone

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