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Online Enticement

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Online Enticement occurs when someone is communicating with a child via the internet with the intent to exploit them.  In most cases, there is a sexual intent. The online enticement of children occurs in a variety of ways and involves boys and girls of all ages.

Some methods include:  

  • Engaging the child in sexual conversation / role-play as a grooming method
  • Asking the child for sexually explicit images of themselves
  • Developing a positive rapport with the child, often through compliments, praise, discussing “shared” interests or acting caring/empathic, “liking”/commenting on children’s online posts, Sending unprompted sexually explicit images of themselves
  • Pretending to be younger often by lying to the children
  • Offering sexually explicit images of themselves to children
  • Offering something (other than images) in exchange for fulfilling their goal such as some type of financial incentive (e.g. money, gift card, etc.); promises to buy them goods/gifts; substances (e.g. alcohol, drugs, cigarettes) and; other necessities, such as lodging, transportation or food.

According to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC), their CyberTipline received 18.4 million reports in 2018; most involving child pornography, online enticement, sex trafficking and child sexual molestation.

In this video, the Department of Justice and NCMEC explore the dangers of sharing images online: https://youtu.be/a440H146l14.