Over the past few months, the BBC has been investigating a disturbing new phenomenon: the use of private or sexually explicit images to threaten, blackmail, or shame young people – mainly girls and women – in some of the most conservative societies in the world.
So-called ‘revenge porn’ happens everywhere. But across parts of North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, photos shared on smartphones and social media have collided head on with traditional ideas about honour and shame, often with a devastating effect on people’s lives.
However, it’s not only women who get shamed online. This investigation has uncovered a multi-million dollar scam based on tricking men into webcam sex, and then blackmailing them with the video.
‘Samir’, from Palestine, is one of thousands of men who have fallen victim.
Names have been changed.
The men being sexually shamed and blackmailed online