describes violence Cyber-blackmailers abusing hundreds of UK children 20 September 2013 Hundreds of British children are being blackmailed into performing
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, Sep 21, 2013
Cyber-blackmailers 'abusing hundreds
of UK children' 20 September 2013 Hundreds of British children are being
blackmailed into performing sex acts online, the Child Exploitation and Online
Protection Centre has warned.
Abusers posing online as children talk
victims into sexual acts or sharing of images, then threaten to send pictures to
the child's family and friends.
Ceop said in 12 cases over two years, 424
children had been blackmailed in this way - 184 of them in the UK.
chief executive Andy Baker said the abuse "escalates really
The biggest case, known as Operation K, involved 322
children around the world being blackmailed, including 96 in the UK.
victims were mainly boys aged 11 to 15, who were targeted by a gang from a
non-European country. The suspects are due to stand trial in the coming
weeks. Fake profiles
The gang used more than 40 fake online profiles
and more than 40 different email addresses to carry out their
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