Sextortion is a type of blackmail used by offenders to acquire additional sexual content from a child, coerce them into engaging in sexual activity or obtain money from the child. Children can sometimes become victims of sextortion after sexting with someone they thought they knew and trusted, but NCMEC analyses has found that children who are victims of sextortion are often targeted and blackmailed by an individual they met online. That person may use deceit, coercion, or another method to obtain a nude or sexual image of the child before blackmailing them for more.
NCMEC’s CyberTipline receives reports regarding suspected child sexual exploitation, including sextortion and has seen a dramatic increase in sextortion cases being reported.
To learn more about sextortion, visit NCMEC’s Sextortion page, or download this report.