The Mexican police arrested, for the first time, a man who spread sexual content and extorted money from victims. The Olimpia Law achieves its first step after a year of its approval in Mexico City. In January 2020, they reformed the penal code and the Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence in the city.

The standard establishes as crime the dissemination of sexual images without consent of the one involved. The complaint of a young woman exposed the plot about the handling of content on the Internet. In April 2020, the victim received a message on Telegram from an alleged friend who proposed the sale of intimate images.

Faced with pressure, he decided to send several photos through that application. She later discovered that the number did not correspond to her friend’s and that the account was locked. Then an alleged lawyer called her to tell her that he knew about the sexual content and that he could help her remove it from the Internet if she deposited money in a bank account.

The country reports that a 24-year-old man, Alexis Rafael Valadez Vázquez, was the one who posed as the acquaintance and the false lawyer. The investigations found the subject in the city of Mérida in the state of Yucatán. The bank account he had handed over was his mother’s and he already had a complaint since 2018 for sexual harassment.

The police detained him on April 1 and found him five telephones, three computers, several SIM cards, and bank deposit receipts. One of the phone numbers matched the one the victim had as the recipient of his photographs. The subject was transferred to Mexico City to testify before a judge for the accusations.

The penal code of the Aztec capital contemplates penalties of four to six years in prison and a fine for sharing sexual images without consent. Olimpia Law lived years of debates about digital violence. The legislation is known for Olimpia Coral Melo, a woman who promoted the reforms after being a victim of digital violence.

She was 18 when her then boyfriend shared a video of them having sex. The images unleashed the attacks against him, without questioning the person responsible for the broadcast. Until now 28 of the 32 states of Mexico already recognize it as a crime the dissemination of intimate images without consent.

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