Norfolk OPP were contacted by a concerned resident Sunday afternoon to report an extortion.
A youth was sent a message through a social media application from another youth claiming to be a female when both began to correspond online. The female asked for explicit photographs of the male, which were sent.
The female then demanded money in order for the photographs not to be distributed. Approximately $1,500 was forwarded in an effort to ensure that the photos were not shared on social media. A second request was made for additional funds at which time police were contacted.
Police emphasize teens need to realize the long and short term dangers of sending out photographs and videos of themselves. Those who distribute it also need to be aware of the criminal ramifications of doing so.
Porn culture is becoming pop culture, and often parents do not know that their kids are involved, and it can be difficult to determine. Parents are encouraged to have honest and frank discussions with their kids, and explain that the images can often end up somewhere they may not want them to be. Be prepared to offer them some information about who they can turn to if they need help.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of children, with a goal to reduce child victimization. They are a great resource, and have many links to information that is helpful to parents, educators and teens themselves. The Centre also has a tip line to report online sexual exploitation called Cybertip.ca. Cybertip.ca is developing and disseminating effective intervention and prevention practices to reach a variety of stakeholders.
“Everyone needs to realize the long and short term dangers when requests are made to send out sexually explicit photographs. Those who distribute it also need to be aware of the criminal ramifications of doing so.
Once it’s out there, you can’t get it back and you should not be embarrassed to speak to police about your concerns,” says Acting Sergeant Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP.
The investigating is continuing.