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Vietnamese man prosecuted after threatening to blackmail woman over nude photos

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 17:43 GMT+7
Vietnamese man prosecuted after threatening to blackmail woman over nude photos
This image shows La Duc Duy, 21, a prosecuted blackmailer. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

A young man from the northern part of Vietnam has been arrested and charged with blackmail as he had demanded money from a woman in return for his not sharing her nudes on social media.

La Duc Duy, 21, hailing from northern Nam Dinh Province, was detained by police in District 1, Ho Chi Minh Cityon charges of ‘extortion of property,’ a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday.

Preliminary inspection revealed that Duy approached the victim N., 24, through social media.

After making a pass at N., Duy repeatedly tried and ultimately succeeded in soliciting nudes from the woman.

He then created a burner social media account and threatened to upload the private pictures there unless N. shelled out VND50 million (US$2,167) to him.

The man also sent pictures of gang tattoos and weapons to intimidate N., to the point that she finally yielded, sending Duy multiple sums which totaled VND34 million ($1,474.)

In early March, N. demanded that Duy sign a commitment form which required him to wipe out the naked pictures completely, yet the blackmailer still tried to appropriate another VND20 million ($867) from her.

On Saturday, Duy was caught red-handed collecting the money from N. at a coffee shop on Alexandre De Rhodes Street in District 1.

The suspect later admitted to his blackmailing ploy, which involved creating a burner social media account and trying to distribute N.’s nude photos to her friends.

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