Wisconsin Department of Justice
Press Release

Wisconsin DOJ Provides Resources as Sextortion Cases Increase


By - Apr 30th, 2024 10:49 am

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is providing resources for online safety as sextortion cases increase throughout the country, including in Wisconsin. A La Crosse man was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a sextortion case investigated by the Wisconsin DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation.

“We must keep our kids safe from online dangers,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul. “The Wisconsin Department of Justice is committed to holding accountable those who use the internet to commit crimes against children.”

Sextortion is a form of child sexual exploitation where children are threatened or blackmailed, most often with the possibility of sharing with the public a nude or sexual image of them, by a person who demands additional sexual content, sexual activity, or money from the child. This year, so far, the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force has received 45 cybertips related to sextortion. In 2023, the task force received 176 cybertips related to sextortion.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), there has been a dramatic increase in financial sextortion where the offender demands money of the child. Teenage boys have been the most common targets in these recent cases. A majority of the suspects in these cases are located in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and the Philippines. NCMEC recently launched an interactive experience online that allows parents and caregivers to see the reality of financial sextortion through an interactive film. If you or someone you know has information on potential child exploitation, you can report it to NCMEC online at https://report.cybertip.org/ or by calling 1-800-843-5678.

About the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force

The Wisconsin ICAC Task Force offers a variety of services including, investigation and prosecution of offenders of internet crime, investigative and prosecutorial assistance for police agencies and prosecutors, victim services, training for law enforcement officers and prosecutors, and coordination of internet safety education for parents, teachers and community members. Visit the ICAC Task Force page for internet safety tips for parents and caregivers here.

Find this press release on the Wisconsin DOJ website here.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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