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Suspect accused in Nigeria of sextortion of boy who died in British Columbia

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The phenomenon of sextortion can consist of extorting, through the Internet, sexual favors or other things, for example money, following blackmail.

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Federal police in British Columbia say a suspect residing in Nigeria has been charged with sexually defrauding a British Columbia boy who died last year.

On Tuesday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Surrey said officers responded to the sudden death of a community boy at his home, almost a year ago, on February 13.

An investigation determined that the latter, who committed suicide according to the RCMP, was the victim of financial sextortion.

The attacker posed online as a teenage girl and extracted explicit photos of the young boy. He then threatened to share the photos with family and friends if he didn't buy him gift cards, said RCMP spokesperson Tammy Lobb.

This interaction took only a few minutes, the spokesperson added.

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Police determined last May that suspects in Nigeria had contacted the boy and said officers from the Surrey detachment traveled to Lagos last summer, where they worked with local authorities to arrest two men.

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Officials said one of them was later released, while the other was charged under Nigerian law with offenses including possession and distribution of child pornography, attempted extortion through threats and money laundering.

RCMP say the 26-year-old man is still in custody pending trial.

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There isn't a day that we don't miss him. He loved hockey and he loved life. This can happen to anyone, the family testified in a press release.

On this International Day for a Safer Internet, we would like to remind to the public and parents that sextortion is increasing. Financial sextortion is a global crisis. This affects all countries and targets the most vulnerable, our children, said Tammy Lobb.

Here is our message to young people: “You are not alone and there is life after the images.”

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According to Cybertip.ca, the Canadian clearinghouse for reporting cases of sexual exploitation of children on the Internet, 79% of reports of sextortion happen on Instagram or Snapchat.

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According to Sergeant Dave Knight, Surrey RCMP saw a 44% increase in reports of sextortion in 2023. In total, 21% of victims were under the age of 18, and the majority of victims were men, a reality that is reflected across the country.

With information from The Canadian Press

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