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'Sextortion' is a form of blackmail. It involves threatening to publish sexual information, photos or videos about someone. This may be to extort money or to force the victim to do something against their will. Photos or recordings are often made without the victim realising or consenting.
Criminals often target people through dating apps, social media, webcams or pornography sites. They may use a fake identity to befriend you online and then threaten to send images to your family and friends.
Sextortion can be committed by individuals but organised crime gangs are usually behind it.
Most social media sites have rules against sharing intimate content without consent. You should be able to get the material removed.
We understand that it might be difficult to report this type of crime to us. Our officers are here to listen and to support you in any way we can.
You can report intimate image abuse to us:
The National Crime Agency (NCA)
Leading the UK's fight against serious and organised crime threats.
Factual and easy to understand information on online safety.
Child Exploitation and Online protection command (CEOP)
How to keep yourself or a child you know safe from child sexual exploitation.