Online 'sextortion' of teens on the rise

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Federal prosecutors and child safety advocates are seeing an increase in cases of online sexual extortion.

They say teens who text nude cell phone photos of themselves or show off their bodies on webcams are being increasingly contacted by pornographers who threaten to expose their behavior to friends and family unless they pose for more explicit porn.

One federal affidavit includes a special term for the crime: "sextortion." The cases have prompted new warnings to teens about their online activities.

In one pending case, a Maryland man faces federal charges after he was accused of extorting a 17-year-old Indiana girl into making sexually explicit videos for him.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)