Victims should not be left on their own

By Jennifer Valentine-Miller

DISCLAIMER: Samaritans has indicated that reporters should at all times avoid mentioning methods of suicide victims in articles, such as describing how  someone has died as a result of suicide.

The UK charity Baton of Hope said that prior to death most victims’ wish is to have an understanding heart and ear as they begin their journey into total despair,  Family and friends will grieve for the rest of lives – if the charity can bring some hope for example, to a young persons life, that is reason to rejoice.

Ten years ago, Surrey Police only provided data for 2012 and 2013 that revealed 17% of all blackmail from young people reported during that period were for online extortion.

Records showed seven of 41 reports led to sexual interaction for the purpose of scamming the young person and their family out of money.

Cases where police worked with other forces or the National Crime Agency were excluded from the count.

Police in the Philippines this year arrested 58 people suspected of being part of a criminal ring that tricked people into performing sex acts online and then extorting them for money.

Reports show that more than 470 people from Hong Kong were revealed to have fallen victim to similar scams in 2013.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has said it is aware of seven suicides worldwide linked to this type of activities. The number of suicide rates are increasing in the UK.  In 2016 The Sportster listed 15 Athletes who were victims of extortion, especially involving trans females (who are men) and there also women who become victims following on from an encounter with a same sex person.

The UK’s biggest force, the Metropolitan police say in instances like this do not panic help and support is available. Don’t pay any money and save evidence. If you share any information to a third party, it is also their duty to assist the police with the enquiry.