Sexploitation happens when an individual manipulates, coerces, or threatens a person into providing sexually explicit images or videos, and then uses these materials to blackmail them for money or exploit them further.
Information for parents and carers
Discovering that your child has fallen victim to this type of crime can be devastating, but it is crucial to respond swiftly, empathetically, and effectively.
This video is based on a true story with actors representing real people. It shows the process of sextortion. Please note, the video contains offensive language.
a new relationship online with a person who seems real and likes similar things to your child, but they don’t know them in person
the person asks your child to move to a different platform to communicate such as Instagram
an online relationship moving very quickly. A perpetrator might very quickly be flirty, tell your child they like them early on, and ask them for intimate images or videos. Quite often they send a sexual/indecent image to your child first
a perpetrator may repeatedly ask your child to do sexual things they do not feel comfortable with. It is never ok for someone to ask your child to do things they do not want to
they might tell your child that they have hacked them or that they have access to their contacts
some blackmailers might tell your child they have got images or information about them from their device. They might threaten to share this information unless money is given to them
talk to your child about not sharing intimate images or videos online
ensure your child understands not to be pressured into removing clothes or performing intimate acts online
remind your child that as soon as an image is sent you cannot get it back
ask them to be wary about who they invite or accept invitations from on social networking sites. They should not accept friendship requests from complete strangers and be wary of unexpected contact from people they do know, as this may not be the person they believe it to be
update the privacy settings on your child’s social networking accounts so only people you know can view their account
your child should not include any sensitive, identifiable, private, or confidential information in their profiles