Sierra and Kaylee say they were 11 and 12 years old when they were each targeted separately by a ring of online sextortionists who manipulated them into exposing their bodies and self-harming for the camera. Now young adults, the women say the abuse went on for years, with threats to expose them to their friends and family if they refused to obey their blackmailer’s demands.

“These kids were so scared of these guys that they would not even tell each other,” says Kaylee’s mother, Angela.

Sergeant Sean Pierce, Commander of the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, says, “It’s not about sex. They (the sextortionists) are using the sex photo or image to gain money.”

Watch the video above for a recap of part one of this two-part Dr. Phil, “Sextortion: It Could Be Happening to Your Child.” Then, tune in to Tuesday’s conclusion, “Sextorted to Death,” as Dr. Phil talks with the parents of two teen boys who died by suicide after being targeted by sextortionists.

Check your local listing for airtimes.

Due to strong sexual content, viewer discretion is advised.

If you, your child, or someone you know is the victim of sextortion, report it immediately to your local law enforcement agency. You can also report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1 (800) The Lost (843-5678) and online at

If you or someone you know are experiencing a mental health emergency, call or text the national suicide & crisis lifeline by dialing 9-8-8, or reach out to to chat.

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