Urgent warning for Aussie teenagers as cops reveal the vile new tricks sex offenders are using to extort young men
- ACCCE issue warning as young boys are being groomed and then blackmailed
- Predators pose as girls before convincing young boys to take explicit content
- They then use this content to extort the boys for money
- These types of crimes have quadrupled since mid 2021
Sick predators are posing as ‘girls’ to trick young boys into sending them explicit videos before threatening to the release the clips on the internet.
Australia is seeing a sharp rise in cases of sexual extortion with reported crimes quadrupling since mid-2021, according to The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).
It warned that young boys are being contacted by predators posing as young women, before asking to connect privately.
Once they start talking, the conversation then turns sexual with the ‘girl’ sending explicit images of her fake self, with the pictures often from a previous victim.
The predator then manipulates the young boy into engaging in explicit activity on camera which is secretly recorded.
It is then revealed the predator has recorded the footage and they demand money from the young men in exchange for the content not being circulated online.
Often the threats include that if the sum is not paid the content will be shared with his family and friends.
The amount of ransom money is then negotiated and even once the agreed sum is paid, more money is continued to be demanded.
The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation issue an urgent warning as reports of young boys being groomed and then blackmailed over explicit images quadruple in last year
The predator poses as a ‘girl’ and connects with the young boy before engaging in sexual conversation, sending images of her ‘fake self’ which often are sourced from a previous victim
As a result of the increase in these crimes the ACCCE has taken the uncommon step of releasing police intelligence to warn Australian parents and carers.
ACCCE Commander Hilda Sirec said while these types of crimes aren’t new by any means, it is very rare for police to receive reports of money being demanded from children.
‘Tactics can vary, but child sex offenders commonly pose as girls and befriend boys via social media platforms, image-sharing apps or online games,’ said Commander Sirec.
Ms Sirlec said after speaking to these boys privately the predator coerces the boys into compromising positions which they secretly record before demanding ‘an impossibly large sum of money’.
The predator then often manipulates the young boy into engaging in explicit activity on camera which they secretly record and then blackmail the young boy over
ACCCE Commander Hilda Sirec (pictured) said these predators demand large sums of money and even after the agreed amount is paid they demand more
‘These predators reveal they had footage of the child in compromising positions and demand money in return for not sharing the vision with family and friends or posting it online,’ said Commander Sirlec.
‘We have seen predators initially demanding an impossibly large sum of money, then negotiating with the victim on a lower amount they could actually pay.
‘Once that money was paid – either by bank transfer, online game, gift cards or even cryptocurrency – the predator would demand even more money. They are not deterred by the age of the victim, they care only about the profit they can make.’
How to spot an online predator
The ACCCE say warning signs of sexual extortion can include:
– inconsistences with an online profile or language
– meeting on one app and then being encouraged to continue conversing on a different platform
– a person claiming their webcam or microphone is not working for video calls
The ACCCE works with numerous international law enforcements who also are seeing an increase in these types of crimes.
Commander Sirec said authorities are urging any victims to seek help and report the crime and assured victims they would not be in trouble for coming forward.
‘These crimes have devastating effects on children and their families,’ Commander Sirec said.
‘These offenders are very manipulative and they will threaten and frighten children to get what they want, including telling victims they will be in trouble with law enforcement if they speak up.
‘We are appealing to parents and carers to talk to their children about online safety, how to recognise suspicious behaviour online and speak out if they have been targeted.
‘If your child is or has been a victim, reassure them that it’s not their fault and that there is help available.
‘By reporting what has happened, they may help us catch an offender and prevent other children being harmed.’