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Where is Sextortion Happening? New Trends Released in Growing Crisis


Today, in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), Thorn released new research on an investigation of sextortion reports made to the NCMEC CyberTipline.

The brand-new report details trends in sextortion, including financial sextortion, a growing crisis impacting children around the world. In 2023 alone, NCMEC received 26,718 reports of financial sextortion. You can read more about the dangers of this alarming trend on our blog, Financial Sextortion: A Growing Crisis

Key findings in the report include: 

  • Between August 2022 and August 2023, NCMEC received an average of 812 reports of sextortion per week

  • While Instagram and Snapchat were the most common platforms used for sextortion, the report found that additional end-to-end encrypted messaging apps were being used to move victims to other platforms. 

To learn more about the findings of this newly released investigation, read the full report here:

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