It is a great mistake, however, to confuse sextortion with consensual sexting or other online teenage flirtations. It is also a crime that, as we shall show, does not currently exist in either federal law or the laws of the states.
As defined in the Mijangos court documents, sextortion is “a form of extortion and/or blackmail” wherein “the item or service requested/demanded is the performance of a sexual act.” The crime takes a number of different forms, and it gets prosecuted under a number of different statutes.
Or do you believe that such surveillance of private dialogues is a blatant invasion of privacy?
When the victim opened the email, she found sexually explicit photos of herself attached and information that detailed where she worked.
We found nearly 80 such cases involving, by conservative estimates, more than 3,000 victims. Prosecutors colloquially call this sort of crime “sextortion.” And while not all cases are as sophisticated as this one, a great many sextortion cases have taken place―in federal courts, in state courts, and internationally―over a relatively short span of time.
Each involves an attacker who effectively invades the homes of sometimes large numbers of remote victims and demands the production of sexual activity from them.
While Facebook is taking some measure to ensure user privacy, and that even though thwarted sexual predators is a moral good, the invasion of personal information may cross the line into an invasion of privacy.If something is fishy, the content is flagged and then read by an employee who will access the conversation and call the police, if necessary.