Georgia Senator fighting revenge porn and sextortion with new bill

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The internet has allowed many kinds of new crime and many of those crimes don’t have laws against them. One state senator is working to change that.

We’ve heard of revenge porn and extortion…

“When you have a person that posts compromising photos of someone, it’s revenge porn. We have that covered,” says Sen. Harold Jones. “Let’s say someone has compromising photos of someone and asks for money. That would be regular extortion. We have that covered in the law.”

But what about sex-tortion…

“The internet and social media allows perpetrators of sexual extortion to reach every corner of Georgia and beyond without even leaving their house. This crime has proliferated at an alarming rate,” says attorney Kathleen Owens. 

“He recorded me without my acknowledgement. He threatened to put it on the internet. If I didn’t come to his house and have sex with him again.”

That’s what happened to this woman: she did it. Another woman did not, and he put her surreptitiously recorded video on the internet.

It’s making threats to get sexual pictures…even from children.

“They said they would kill a 7-year-old’s dog if she didn’t send naked pictures of herself. This is a 7-year-old. This is how serious this is,” says Sen. Jones.

A serious crime, that could soon come with a serious law against it in Georgia if Jones gets his way.

Georgia would be one of only 7 states with this kind of law against making threats to obtain sex and sexual images.

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