Two arrested after Australian boy commits suicide in Nigeria

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted sextortion after an Australian schoolboy commits suicide in Nigeria.

Australian police said the teenage male victim had been exchanging explicit images with an online person before he began making threats and demanding money.

As a result of a global investigation, the two alleged perpetrators were tracked down to Nigeria, where they will face court.

Police say sextortion, especially against young people, has increased dramatically.

Details such as the boy’s age and where he lived in New South Wales are not being released to protect the family’s privacy.

New South Wales Police said the extortion suspects were described as “young men” who threatened to send the photos to the teenager’s friends and family unless they paid A$500 (£260, $330). .

Police cybercrime commander Matthew Craft told the Sydney Morning Herald: “The messages are frightening. They are aggressive and put a lot of pressure on the boy to pay up.” .

The boy died by suicide on the same night late last year.

Australian detectives teamed up with South African and Nigerian detectives to track the suspect to a slum in Nigeria, a country of more than 25 million people.

SMH said evidence was found on their mobile phones that the two had also tried to extort others. They are charged with extortion of the Australian boy, but not over his death.

In recent years, there have been several suicides in Canada and the United States of teenagers who were the targets of sextortion plots.

Detective Inspector Sapt Craft said his team had seen a “significant uptick” in sextortion incidents and was appealing for anyone targeted to contact police.

”[They] It has increased by nearly 400% in the past 18 months,” he said in a statement.

“We urge young people to continue to report these incidents and never be embarrassed to approach the police.

“Sexual coercion is a very real crime…These arrests in Nigeria demonstrate how aggressively the police will go to seek justice on behalf of our youth communities. ”

If you are suffering from mental distress and would like to find out more about organizations in the UK that can provide advice and support, please visit: bbc.co.uk/Action Line.

If you live in Australia, call Lifeline on 131114, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 18000 or visit the Beyond Blue website.

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