A bill that would expand the crime of extortion is moving forward in the D.C. Council after passing unanimously through a committee Thursday.
WASHINGTON — A bill that would expand the crime of extortion is moving forward in the D.C. Council after passing unanimously through a committee Thursday.
The next step is for the full council to consider the measure that addresses sexual blackmail, known as “sextortion.”
Sextortion is when someone obtains a sexual image or video of a person, and threatens to release that compromising material if the victim does not meet their demands.
“The demands may be financial ones,” said council member Charles Allen, chairman of the public safety and judiciary committee. “The perpetrator may also demand that the victim perform certain acts, such as making the victim send additional images or recordings.”
Previously, during a hearing on the measure in July, a representative for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children testified that victims in such cases are often kids.