(CBC News) Police in Richmond are warning about a sudden spike in the number of cases involving sexual extortion, including a recent jump in cases involving men.
According to the Richmond RCMP, the number of reported cases of sextortion nearly tripled from five in 2013 to 13 last year. Police are asking victims and potential victims to come forward and help them put a stop to it.
Const. Dennis Hwang says there have already been three reported cases this year, all involving men, and there may be more.
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"It is very concerning for us primarily because they [the complaints] have come in a short period of time," he said. "We determined it was best to inform the public that this type of behaviour is happening."