The website ‘Chat to Strangers’ led to a girl, 11, ‘becoming a digital sex slave.’
Paedophiles have used the social media platform Omegle to groom young children, leading to death threats against the victim’s family in one case. Now, a court case has the potential to change that. A social media service that allows users to video chat with complete strangers has apparently become a hotspot for sexual predators, leading to the “digital sex slave” status of one young girl.
Omegle was founded in 2009 as a “fun way to meet new people,” bringing together complete strangers from all around the world for one-on-one conversations.
A year later, a video chat was added, and users rapidly began reporting nudity and other sexual content on camera.
However, in 2014, an 11-year-old girl named “AM” was linked to a Canadian man named Ryan Scott Fordyce, according to court filings.
Fordyce, who was in his late thirties at the time, began grooming the youngster right away, convincing her to give him nude images that he promised would make her “feel better.”
According to a multi-million dollar complaint filed in Oregon this week, Fordyce used the images to pressure the victim into providing more, demanding specific “poses, props, positions, and haircuts.”
Omegle’s 66 million monthly users are not safeguarded in any manner, according to the federal lawsuit, because there is no age verification system in place and children are inappropriately connected with adults.
Following their connection, Fordyce formed a nefarious control upon AM, blackmailing her into delivering obscene images and forcing her to utilize the website to recruit other children for him.
“On some days of the week, he would assign Plaintiff to go back onto Omegle for a predetermined amount of hours and identify new girls who ‘[he]would enjoy,” AM’s lawyers Carrie Goldberg and Barb Long said in court records. AM’s job would be to capture screenshots of them, obtain their contact information, and communicate all of this information to Fordyce.
“There’s no justification for a video streaming program that couples adults and children at random to exist at all, let alone without any genuine safety safeguards,” the youngster told the New York Post.
She went on to say, “This litigation is greater than me.”
“The damage has already been done to me, but my team and I are committed to safeguarding the children who come after me who are just as vulnerable as I was.” Nobody is deserving of this.” Her situation is hardly unique. Brinkwire presents a summary of news from Adam Russell, a 30-year-old Omegle user.