Uni student in Surabaya arrested after allegedly blackmailing 6 ex-girlfriends with nude videos

Police officers holding up evidence of MYA’s crimes during a press conference on December 6, 2018. Photo: @humaspoldajatim / Instagram •

The phenomenon known as “revenge porn” in which people — almost always men — publish explicit images of their ex-partners without their consent or use those images to blackmail them, is especially insidious in conservative countries like Indonesia where victims may be too ashamed or afraid to report such activities to the police.

But some brave women in Surabaya recently stepped forward to help take down a university student who has been accused of spreading their intimate photos online and using them for blackmail.

Today, police in the East Java capital announced that they had arrested the second year university student, identified by his initials MYA, on suspicion of spreading nude videos of six of his ex-girlfriends. Police are currently investigating the case but say MYA could be charged with violating the country’s Law on Electronic Transactions and Information (UU ITE), which criminalizes the sharing of pornographic and defamatory content online.

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Subdit Siber Ditreskrimsus Polda Jatim Tangkap Mahasiswa S2 Penyebar Foto Bugil Subdit Siber Ditreskrimsus, Polda Jatim berhasil tangkap pelaku berbuat tindak pidana ITE dengan cara mentransmisikan, mendistribusikan dan atau dapat diaksesnya video atau gambar yang memiliki muatan asusila serta pengancaman. Kabid Humas Polda Jatim Kombes Frans Barung Mangera didampingi Wadir Reskrimsus AKBP Arman Asmara dan Kasubdit Siber AKBP Harissandi, Kamis (6/12/2018) mengatakan, lokasi tindak pidana tersebut di Surabaya dan waktu kejadian diketahui 15 Oktober 2018. Kasus itu mlibatkan tersangka berinisial MYA (23) Sarjana pekerjaan mahasiswa, alamat di Gresik, Jawa Timur. Akibat perbuatannya, pelaku dijerat pasal 27 ayat (1) Jo Pasal 45 ayat (1) UU RI No. 19 tahun 2016 tentang perubahan atas UU No. 11 Tahun 2008 ttg Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik tentang setiap orang dengan sengaja dan tanpa hak mentransmisikan dan/atau mendistribusikan dan/atau membuat dapat diaksesnya informasi elektronik dan/atau dokumen elektronik yang memiliki muatan kesusilaan . Pasal 29 Jo Pasal 45B UU RI No. 19 tahun 2016 tentang perubahan atas UU No. 11 Tahun 2008 ttg Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik tenetang setiap orang dengan sengaja tanpa hak mengirimkan informasi elektronik dan atau dokumen elektronik yang berisi ancama kekerasan atau nenakut-nakuti yang ditujukan secara pribadi . Barang bukti yang disita dari tersangka berupa unit laptop merk HP warna hitam;, telepon seluler merk ASUS tipe X009DA warna abu-abu, telepon seluler merk OPPO tipe CPH1729 warna emas, telepon seluler merk ASUS tipe Zanfone 5 warna hitam dan hardisk eksternal merk Transcent warna hitam ukuran 1TB. Modus operandi tersangka adalah mantan pacar korban, dari awal berpacaran dengan korban. tersangka sudah menyimpan foto vulgar milik korban. Setelah putus dengan korban, tersangka masih sering menghubungi korban dan meminta korban untuk mengirimkan video dan foto bugilnya dengan berbagai macam gaya dan alat bantu dengan ancaman apabila tidak mengirimkan, maka video dan foto akan disebar kepada rekan-rekan, keluarga dan dikirim ke kampus melalui media sosial.

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According to the police, MYA would do video calls with the girls he was dating and secretly record them when they took off their clothes. After they broke up, he would ask them for more explicit images and if they refused he would threaten to release his videos of them onto the Internet.

“He would threaten the victims by saying ‘I am holding onto your video, if you do not take another one then I will spread the video through social media’,” said Arman Asmara, deputy director of Special Crime Investigations for the East Java Regional Police at a press conference today as quoted by Detik.

As is often the case at police press conferences in Indonesia, the suspect was made to answer questions for the media. Asked about his motive, MYA said, “At that time it was normal for me, because I also often watched porn. So there was a sense of curiosity and satisfaction. My goal was just my own gratification.”

UU ITE violations carry with them a maximum sentence of four years in prison. MYA could also potentially be charged under Indonesia’s controversial pornography law. However, because of the draconian nature of that law, his victims could potentially be criminalized as well. Women’s rights activists worry that fears of being ensnared by the law themselves, as well as severe societal stigma, have kept the vast majority of revenge porn cases in Indonesia from being reported to authorities.


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