In a shocking revelation, a 24-year-old man from Etten-Leur has been accused of extorting more than a hundred underage girls in the Netherlands.
The suspect, identified as Gianni de W., is believed to have used social media platforms to seduce and trick the girls into sending him nude photos, which he then used to blackmail them.
This is considered the largest investigation ever conducted in the Netherlands into online abuse of minors.
According to the Public Prosecution Service, the police found 150 folders with different girls’ names on the suspect’s computer, and some subfolders contained thousands of images of a particular victim.
The Public Prosecution Service has said that the suspect “made the lives of his victims hell” and that the victims are mostly minors living all over the country.
The investigation began with a report from a 15-year-old girl from Noord-Holland who was blackmailed.
The Public Prosecution Service has said that it is a case of sextortion, which is considered extortion involving sexually suggestive photos or videos of the victim.
The suspect is also accused of demanding more sexually explicit photos or videos from the victims as part of the extortion process.
One of the victims, who was only 13 years old at the time of the extortion, was so affected by the sextortion that it angered her relationship with her mother, who has since passed away, according to the Public Prosecution Service.
The police are still working on the investigation, and the identities of dozens of underage girls have yet to be determined.
The suspect is facing multiple charges, including extortion and possession of child pornography.
The public is closely watching the case as it highlights the growing issue of online abuse and exploitation of minors.