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Local, federal authorities to host sextortion community meeting Tuesday evening in Bloomington

Local, federal authorities to host sextortion community meeting Tuesday evening in Bloomington Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office

May 14, 2019 02:14 PM

Local and federal authorities will hold a community meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the increase of sextortion cases.

Bloomington Police, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Minneapolis Division Jill Sanborn and U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald will host the meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public, and parents, teachers, students, law enforcement and community leaders are all encouraged to attend.

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Sextortion is a type of online sexual exploitation where victims are coerced into providing sexually explicit images or videos often in compliance with a threat being made against them or their loved ones, the attorney's office said.

The panel will highlight the issue of sextortion, trends in victimization, recent cases, prevention tips, and what to do if you or a loved one becomes a target.

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