More children report being pressured into posing naked online

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More children are reporting to the police that they have been pressured into sending naked pictures of themselves or posing sexually, according to the National Council for Crime Prevention, Brå.

One girl Swedish Radio spoke to says she was eleven when someone threatened her and pressured her into sending nude pictures of herself on the social media platform Snapchat.

Statistics from the National Council for Crime Prevention show that there has been an increase in the number of such crimes reported to the police. Preliminary figures for 2019 show that there were almost 1200 reported cases last year where a child was pressured into posing sexually. That is up by more than 30 percent compared to the year before. The figures vary a lot from year to year, but seen over the last decade the increase is clear.

Still, police believe only a fraction of these crimes are reported.

Listen to the report to find out more.