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Police powerless to take action against Danish ‘revenge porn’ website

Authorities can do nothing about people downloading sexually-explicit photos of young Danish girls

In many cases, it is the girls’ ex-boyfriends who are sharing the intimate photos online (photo: iStock)
September 16th, 2016 11:19 am| by Lucie Rychla
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The authorities have conceded there is little they can do about a Danish revenge porn website, which provides access to photos and videos of hundreds young Danish girls in explicitly sexual situations, because it is hosted on a server located abroad.

The police has been aware of the site since the spring, but their hands are tied.

“I have been so upset and experienced hell because of it,” a woman from Jutland told BT. “What if my family finds out?”

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The website allows anonymous users to share and request intimate pictures of specific girls, but also gives access to an archive stored on the anonymous file-sharing site volafile.io, where users can enter ‘a room’ with folders containing thousands of pornographic images and videos.

In many cases, the sexually-explicit photos were taken by the girls’ ex-boyfriends, who are sharing them online without the girls’ consent.

“Some of the images fall into the Danish definition of child pornography,” Flemming Kjærside, a police officer at the department for cyber-related sexual offences, told BT.

“In many cases, it is 15 to 18-year-old adolescent boys who are responsible for doing this. They haven’t thought about the damage they cause to the girls.”