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Wherever lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are forced to keep their sexual orientation and gender identity secret for fear of prosecution, violence, and other persecution, blackmail and extortion is endemic. In Africa, where a majority of countries criminalize same-sex sexual activity and where a variety of laws are used to penalize transgressive gender expression, blackmail and extortion are part of the daily lives of many LGBT people, who are isolated and vulnerable to abuse. Victims of these crimes are deterred from seeking help and justice for fear of further condemnation by authorities, communities, and even their own families.