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Tangerang Police arrest man for sextorting girlfriend

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 10, 2019   /   01:58 pm
Tangerang Police arrest man for sextorting girlfriend A Tangerang university student has become a victim of sextortion through her boyfriend, whom she met on a dating app. Tangerang Police ran an entrapment operation and on Monday arrested the boyfriend, RJ, for extortion and fraud. (Shutterstock/File)

A 23-year-old university student in Tangerang, Banten, has become the victim of sextortion and fraud committed by her boyfriend, RJ, 34.

Tangerang Police chief Comr. Ewo Samono said the two had met on the dating app Tinder and had a two-month relationship.

RJ then invited his girlfriend, BP, to become his business partner, luring her with high, quick returns.

"The victim transferred Rp 25 million to RJ for a welding business. She was promised 30 percent of the profits in just a month," Ewo told kompas.com on Tuesday.

The sextortion began when RJ asked BP to take off her clothes during a video call. She complied with the request, reportedly "out of love", unaware that RJ had taken screen shots of the call.

According to the police investigation, RJ then blackmailed BP, threatening to spread the nude images of her online if she did not send him money. In the past month, he extorted Rp 35 million from BP and then an additional Rp 65 million. BP reported the case to police when she ran out of money.

The police arrested RJ on Monday in an entrapment operation. "We [tricked] the perpetrator into taking money and arrested him," he said.

RJ is now detained at the Tangerang Police Station and is being charged with extortion and fraud, which carry a maximum prison sentence of four years. (ars)