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Man blackmailed with online sex video

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Man blackmailed with online sex video
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A 20-year-old Austrian man who was unwittingly filmed during a sex act was then told he had to pay €3,000 to prevent the video being made public. He has filed a complaint with police in Upper Austria.

The man, from Eferding, told police that he had been chatting via a social network with an attractive young woman when she proposed that they continue their flirtatious conversation on Skype.

During the video call she started to take off her clothes and asked the man to touch himself - and he obliged.

She then told him that she had a video clip of him masturbating and that it would be published online, and forwarded to his friends if he didn’t pay up. He refused to pay and contacted the police.

A similar case was reported just weeks ago in Burgenland, where a 36-year-old man was persuaded to engage in a sex act, filmed, and then threatened with exposure unless he paid €15,000. The suspect was described as a slim woman who claimed to be from France, looked about 25 and had large, dark eyes. 

Police are warning people not to engage in intimate behaviour or give away personal details online. 

Posting so-called "revenge porn" images and videos on the internet has just become illegal in England and Wales.

The new English and Welsh law classes revenge porn as "photographs or films which show people engaged in sexual activity or depicted in a sexual way... where what is shown would not usually be seen in public".

It covers images shared on and offline without the subject's permission and with the intent to cause harm.

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