The Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh has expressed concern over the increasing cases of sextortion in the country especially those involving policewomen, ABC News has gathered.
Sextortion is the practice of extorting money or sexual favours from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity.
A police wireless information copied to all regional, divisional, district and unit commanders expressed worry over the rising spate of the crime, at least within the past three years and urged all officers to be cautious in private engagements.
The IGP cautioned officers, especially policewomen to desist from sending their nude photos to friends or families, adding strongly that officers who defy the directive will be sanctioned severely.
He thus, directed all commanders to sensitise and caution their officers against the practice.
“Reports received indicate that cases of sextortion is on the increase for the past three (3) years…. INGPOL directs you to sensitize and caution personnel especially policewomen to desist from sending their nude photographs to friends/families. Any personnel found culpable will be sanctioned,” the communication said.
The issue of sextortion, a ploy usually adopted by scammers to extort monies from their victims, most of whom are women has been matter of concern, with the Police Cyber Crime Unit recording at least 10 cases of sextortion in January this year.
Often, the perpetrators make repeated monetary or sexual demands of their victims and threaten to share their nude pictures online, if they refuse to give in.
In April 2019 for instance, a video of a naked police woman went viral on various social media platforms.
The Police have persistently cautioned the public particularly women to desist from sharing their nude pictures to friends and loved ones as it could expose them to scammers.
A senior officer, Inspector Mohammed Bako in August 2018 explained that sextortion usually occurs when “perpetrators often go online, feign living in the UK and propose to Ghanaian women.”
“They convince them and manage to get nude pictures of them after which they make monetary demands. They make countless monetary demands and when their victims fail to comply they threaten to share their nude pictures online,” he explained.