Minors Account for Over 60 Percent of Sextortion Victims|調查:性勒索個案 未成年受害者逾6成

Cases of sextortion are on the rise. What's even worrying is that almost 70 percent of victims are minors.

Sextortion cases are on the rise, both domestically and abroad. Sextortion refers to sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion. One example is the Nth room case in South Korea. A survey conducted by ECPAT Taiwan found that over 60 percent of sextortion victims in 2019 were minors. Moreover, the chances of the perpetrator being an online friend of the victim were inversely proportional to the age of the victim. The majority of the cases took place through social media platforms.

They exchange points or pose as friends of the same age or pretend to be boyfriend or girlfriend or discuss topics related to stature to get the personal information or dialogue records of children. They use the threat of breaking up to threaten the children.

The survey also found the objective of sextortion was get more images in 37 percent of cases. In terms of gender, male victims are often manipulated into giving money or game points. For female victims, the perpetrators demanded images. The main ways that images were obtained were through secret filming or tricking victims.

Many victims were afraid to ask for help, as they were worried about images being released, punishment, or being viewed differently by others.

Parents should pay attention to the moods of children and listen to their own troubles and stop censuring children. Children are the victims here. Ask them to stop, and then talk to them. Parents need to report cases while supporting their children.

ECPAT Taiwan has set up an online portal and hotline for victims to anonymously get assistance. It also urges society to stop blaming victims and start encouraging them to get help so that perpetrators will be punished and vicious cycles will be ended.


台灣展翅協會秘書長 陳逸玲表示:「點數交換,或者是佯裝同年齡好友,或者是假裝男、女朋友,或者是身材,跟身材有關(的討論)。暴露孩子的個資、對話紀錄,或者是用這個,要分手這樣的關係,來威脅孩子。」



台灣照顧者管理協會理事長 張淑慧表示:「聽一下孩子的情緒,還有第二個,聽自己的困擾,停止責難孩子。整個過程當中,孩子只是一個被害者,(要求孩子)停止再跟對方互動。我們爸爸、媽媽,願意陪孩子一起面對,(同時也)請你報警。」