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Two Nigerians charged with sextortion after boy’s death

An Australian boy is thought to have taken his life after being sextorted by two Nigerian men.

An Australian boy is thought to have taken his life after being sextorted by two Nigerian men. Photo: Getty

Two Nigerian men have been charged over alleged sextortion that led an Australian teenager to take his own life.

The boy had been engaging online with an unknown person who threatened to share personal photos of him with his family and friends if he did not pay $500.

He is believed to have taken his own life in 2023 due to the threats.

Police investigated the matter before it was referred to the NSW State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad, which traced the alleged perpetrators to Nigeria before requesting help from the Australian Federal Police.

As a result of the AFP-led investigation, working alongside South African and Nigerian authorities, two Nigerian men were arrested and charged in March with sextortion offences.

The men were found in a slum in Nigeria with a population of 25 million people, NSW Police said on Monday.

The men will be dealt with locally, with authorities able to prosecute for Australia-based offences.

NSW State Crime Command’s cybercrime squad commander Detective Superintendent Matthew Craft said young people should realise they did not need to suffer in silence.

“We’ve seen a huge spike in sextortion cases, which are up nearly 400 per cent in the last 18 months,” he said.

“But the good news is people are reporting it and there are steps we can take to help you before it goes too far.

“We want young people to continue to report these cases and to never be embarrassed to talk to police.”

Craft said the arrests in Nigeria showed just how far police were willing to go to seek justice.

AFP Commander Helen Schneider commended the work of investigators, saying the arrests showed what could be achieved when law enforcement worked together to fight a global problem.

“The sextortion of children is a borderless crime, as these arrests show,” Schneider said.

Lifeline 131 114

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 (for people aged 5 to 25)

– AAP

Topics: Nigeria, NSW
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