The online coercion and extortion of children – a form of digital blackmail where sexual information or images are used to extort sexual material, sexual favours or money, has skyrocketed in the past years, but remains largely underreported. In response to this worrying phenomenon, the European law enforcement community has joined forces with partners from the private sector to launch a campaign, #Say NO”, supported by Europol, to give advice to those who have been, or are likely to be targeted, and to strengthen reporting and support mechanisms.
The campaign includes a short film, available in all EU languages, which helps people to recognize a potential sextortion approach, provides online advice and highlights the importance of reporting the crime to the competent national authorities. You can find the film through this link: https://youtu.be/5ttHYODhenY and you can also find all other relevant information on the website if Europol: https://www.europol.europa.eu/sayno
Underneath you can also download the story of the boy and girl who have become victim of online sexual coercion and extortion.