Presenting here a twisted case of CSA online which happened in 2016 in Bangalore : Sextortion involving the teenager and his parents
In Feb 2016 13-year-old Akshay* from Bengaluru’s Bomanhalli*, became friends with a person named Tejal Patel on Facebook. They chatted every day for months. After a few months Tejal Patel began sending pornographic images of a certain girl to Akshay, in return Akshay also landed sending his own nude pictures. It is unclear whether Tejal Patel was a man or woman and from where the account was being operated.
According to an investigating officer with the Cyber Crime Police, sometime in May, Tejal Patel stopped sending the pornographic images, which Akshay was hooked to by then. “Akshay kept asking Tejal Patel for more pictures. This was when the first demand came. Tejal Patel refused to send them any more pictures unless he procured pictures of Sandeep’s parents having sexual intercourse. The boy, who did not realise what this might entail, procured the photos and sent it to Tejal Patel. Thus, began the saga of child pornography and sextortion.
Soon after Akshay sent Tejal Patel the pictures of his parents, the miscreant demanded that Akshay and his family pay up Rs 1 crore or face the unbearable humiliation of their explicit photos appearing on all social media platforms. Panicked and scared of the turn of events, Sandeep told his parents the series of events which had occurred since he became friends with the stranger on Facebook.
The Bengaluru scene is a case of sextortion. Sextortion is a method employed by predators on the internet where the victim is coerced to pay money or explicit pictures and videos involving them will be published.
Thorn, an organization that fights child sexual exploitation with tech says ‘Sextortion’ is an emerging type of crime. It says, “Sextortion is a wide-ranging problem and not isolated to one website or app. Perpetrators used many forms of technology to reach victims and 45% of victims reported contact with perpetrators on more than one platform.”
by Dr Shruti Jaiswal for Parwarish