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“Sextortion” attempts on the rise in Alaska, says FBI

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 6:14 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Attempts at what is called “Sextortion” are on the rise in Alaska, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Anchorage office.

Sextortion involves an adult coercing a minor into producing sexually explicit images and videos through online platforms, according to a press release from the bureau.

This coercion can happen through deception, manipulation, money, gifts, or threats.

The release explains that criminals committing this crime rely on victims feeling unsure about telling someone, and emphasized that the victim is not the one in trouble.

Adam Pierce, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, said the last decade, but especially the last year, has seen a rise in attempts at sextortion.

“Certainly over the last year, as we’ve seen a lot of youth start to engage more with virtual learning environments, different applications they’ve been on, and different learning platforms, it’s just opened up the door for, unfortunately, additional opportunities for criminals to target the youth of our country, and certainly Alaska,” he said.

Those who believe someone they know has been a victim of sextortion are encouraged to call the FBI Anchorage Field Office at 907-276-4441, or submit an online tip tips.fbi.gov.

More information about the crime, as well as a list of resources, can be found here.

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