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ACCCE warning to Australian parents as child sex offenders prey on boys and extort them for money

Urgent warning for Australian teens as police reveal vile new tricks sex offenders use to blackmail young men

  • ACCCE warning if young boys are groomed and then blackmailed
  • Predators impersonate girls before convincing young guys to take explicit content
  • Then they use this content to extort the guys for money
  • This type of crime has quadrupled since mid-2021

Sick predators pose as “girls” to trick young boys into sending them explicit videos before threatening to release the clips to the internet.

According to The Australian Center to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), Australia is seeing a sharp rise in sexual extortion cases, with reported crimes quadrupling since mid-2021.

It warned that young boys would be approached by predators posing as young women before asking to make private contact.

Once they start talking, the conversation turns sexual with the “girl” who sends explicit images of her fake self, often with the photos of a previous victim.

The predator then manipulates the young boy to perform explicit on-camera activity that is secretly captured.

It is then revealed that the predator recorded the footage and that they are demanding money from the young men in exchange for the content that will not be distributed online.

Often the threats mean that if the amount is not paid, the content will be shared with his family and friends.

The ransom amount is then negotiated and even if the agreed amount is paid, more money is still demanded.

The Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation issues an urgent warning as the number of reports of young boys being groomed and then blackmailed over explicit images has quadrupled in the past year.

The Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation issues an urgent warning as the number of reports of young boys being groomed and then blackmailed over explicit images has quadrupled in the past year.

The predator masquerades as a 'girl' and makes contact with the young boy before engaging in sexual conversation, sending images of her 'fake self' which often come from a previous victim

The predator masquerades as a ‘girl’ and makes contact with the young boy before engaging in sexual conversation, sending images of her ‘fake self’ which often come from a previous victim

As a result of the increase in these crimes, the ACCCE has taken the unusual step of releasing police intelligence to alert Australian parents and carers.

ACCCE commander Hilda Sirec said that while these types of crimes are by no means new, police rarely receive reports of demanding money from children.

“The tactics may vary, but child molesters often pose as girls and befriend boys through social media platforms, image sharing apps or online games,” said Commander Sirec.

Ms Sirlec, after speaking to these boys in person, said the predator is forcing the boys into compromising positions that they take up in secret before demanding “an impossibly large sum of money.”

The predator then often manipulates the young boy to perform explicit activities on camera, which they secretly record and then blackmail the boy

The predator then often manipulates the young boy to perform explicit activities on camera, which they secretly record and then blackmail the boy

ACCCE Commander and Human Exploitation Hilda Sirec (pictured) said these predators are demanding large sums of money and even after the agreed amount is paid, they are demanding more

ACCCE commander Hilda Sirec (pictured) said these predators are demanding large sums of money and even after the agreed amount is paid, they are demanding more

“These predators reveal they had images of the child in compromising positions and demand money in exchange for not sharing the vision with family and friends or posting it online,” Commander Sirlec said.

“We have seen predators who initially demanded an impossibly large sum of money and then negotiated with the victim a lower amount that they could actually pay.

“Once that money was paid – via bank transfer, online game, gift cards or even cryptocurrency – the predator would demand even more money. They don’t let the age of the victim deter them, they only care about the profit they can make.’

How do you recognize an online predator?

The ACCCE says warning signs of sexual extortion may include:

– inconsistencies with an online profile or language

– meet on one app and then be encouraged to continue talking on another platform

– a person who claims that their webcam or microphone is not working for video calls

The ACCCE works with numerous international law enforcement agencies who are also seeing an increase in these types of crimes.

Commander Sirec said authorities are urging all victims to seek help and report the crime and assured the victims that they would not be in trouble if they came forward.

“These crimes have devastating consequences for children and their families,” said Commander Sirec.

“These perpetrators are very manipulative and they will threaten and scare children into getting what they want, including telling the victims that if they speak up, they will get in trouble with the police.

“We call on parents and carers to talk to their children about online safety, how to recognize suspicious behavior online and how to speak out if they are being targeted.

‘If your child is or has been a victim, reassure him that it is not his fault and that help is available.

“By reporting what happened, they can help us catch a perpetrator and prevent other children from being harmed.”

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