A mock protester throws a water bomb during police exercises to manage civil unrest in Manila. (File/AFP/NOEL CELIS)
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Dozens of people have been arrested in the Philippines in a multinational crackdown on the exploding global menace of Internet "sextortion," Interpol and local police announced Friday.Industrial-style businesses run out of the Philippines have blackmailed hundreds of people around the world, luring them on social media before extracting sexually explicit information or images, they said. Interpol cybercrime chief Sanjay Virmani said 58 people were arrested this week in the Philippines, but emphasized they were only a small part of a fast-growing phenomenon with similar operations in many other parts of the world. Hong Kong police said more than 600 people in the Chinese territory, many aged between 20 and 30, had fallen victim to the scam since the beginning of last year.
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