Experts believe British children are targeted because of the accessibility of the English language and because foreign abusers believe the liberal nature of UK society makes it an easy target.
Ceop operations manager Stephanie McCourt said:
First of all it's the English language. They are able to threaten the children if they can communicate to them. English is a really popular universal language.
Second of all, the offenders have actually said that because they perceive the UK as a very free and open and liberal society, they think that they will have more success in targeting UK children.
Hundreds of British children - some as young as eight - are being blackmailed into performing sex acts online by paedophiles.
Hundreds of British children are being blackmailed into performing sex acts online by paedophiles, an investigation has found.