- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Congresswoman Katherine Clark has filed legislation aimed at outlawing online sexual extortion, a practice known as sextortion.

The Massachusetts Democrat says the bill would make it a federal crime to use threats to cause another person to produce sexually explicit content or engage in sexual activity against their will.

Currently, federal law does not explicitly count sextortion as a separate offense. Clark says this can lead to under-prosecuted crimes.

The bill, filed Tuesday, would also criminalize the use of sexually explicit content to extort for personal gain.

Clark says the threat of exposure is often used by the offender as leverage to demand what she called an “escalation of degrading and sometimes unimaginable sexual acts.”

She says thousands of women and children are the targets of sextortion.

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