Revenge Porn Site Owner Gets 18 Years!

Most people will agree that posting revenge porn is a shitty thing to do. Your relationship might have ended badly, but being a dick and posting videos of your hot and steamy sex sessions online without your partner’s permission is one of the worst things you can do.

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Over in the United States they are starting to make posting revenge porn illegal, and the same is happening here in the UK and Wales. If you post any revenge porn, you could receive a fine or even a jail term, depending on the severity.

A revenge porn website owner and operator has now been sentenced to 18 years in jail in America for his crime.

What is revenge porn?

When the changes in law were first announced, some people were unsure what would be classed as revenge porn. What if you posted a video of you and your ex back when you were still together and you have permission? Would you then be in trouble?

For those confused, revenge born is basically any sexually explicit media (videos, pictures, etc) that you share publicly online, without the permission or consent of those featured in the media itself.

It became known as revenge porn as it was primarily posted by ex-partners, in an attempt to make those pictured feel ashamed, embarrassed, and upset that these personal images and videos were shared with strangers online.

Of course, this does speak volumes about why you shouldn’t really shoot homemade porn. Things might be good when you do first shoot it, but if things turn sour that is when you see what people are really like. Make sure all copies are deleted to avoid putting yourself in this situation.

The UGotPosted website

Kevin Bollaert started the website UGotPosted.com to allow people to post any sexually explicit media of their former partners, although it was almost all photographs and pictures.

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Those posting the images didn’t have the permission of those involved, but that didn’t bother Bollaert. In fact he saw it as the perfect business opportunity to make a little bit of extra money.

He decided that victims would have to pay to have the images removed, charging them up to $350 (£235) to take them down.

That’s right. He didn’t have the permission for them in the first place, and when the victims asked for the images to be removed since he didn’t have their permission, he charged them for it. Scumbag? We think so!

No safety behind a laptop

Thankfully, when the case went to court the judge was sympathetic. He saw that a huge crime had been committed and that Bollaert had to pay for what he had done.

The California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement that “sitting behind a computer, committing what is essentially a cowardly and criminal act, will not shield predators from the law or jail.”

It was in February that Bollaert was convicted on 21 counts of ID theft and six of extortion for trying to charge the victims to remove their own pictures.

Not only is he going to face 18 years in prison, but he has also been ordered to pay $15,000 (£10,076) in restitution to the victims, as well as a $10,000 (£6,720) fine. This doesn’t cover how much he is believed to have made from the victims, which is thought to be $30,000 (£20,164), but at least he’s paying for it in some way.

Victims recovering

Whether or not this is satisfactory to the victims I don’t know, but hopefully it will show others that taking pleasure from posting revenge porn is not big or clever, and that you will definitely pay for it.

In this case, some of the victims testified about what happened. A total of eight women came forward, talking about the harassment they suffered from their images being posted onto Bollaert’s website.

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One of them talked of the “daily struggle” she faced as a result of it, while others confessed that they had to go to counselling and some even said they left college and their job as a result.

This is a very small number of the victims, as roughly 10,000 images were on the site while it was running… but it gives you a pretty clear idea about what happens when someone posts revenge porn featuring you.

Not the first or last

Unfortunately, this is not the first or the last case we will see. Another site owner is due to be sentenced soon for his crimes involving revenge porn.

For Hunter Moore, the creator of the site IsAnyoneUp, he pleaded guilty to the charges of hacking and identity theft and, when sentenced, could face between two and seven years in prison, along with a hefty fine.

I expect that revenge porn cases will be posted all over the news when the occur, purely because people the idea of someone posting porn purely to get revenge on a partner is such an asshole move to make.

What do you think about revenge porn? Is it about time they started taking serious steps against it by jailers the perpetrators, or are people just going to be sneakier about what they do? You can let us know what you think by leaving a comment below in the comment box, or you could see what others are saying on the Escort Wales forum and join the debate.

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Lara Mills is a writer who has four years of sex industry expertise behind her. Since she entered the adult industry, she has worked on the Escort Advertising forums, before moving into her current role three years ago.

Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.

In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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