- City Fajr Shuruq Duhr Asr Magrib Isha
- Dubai 05:24 06:42 12:10 15:09 17:32 18:50
An Arab child in Abu Dhabi was tempted to join an online group game before it expanded to include contacts, which later developed into demands from three young men, including to send nude photographs of himself.
The ordeal went on for months and the little boy started to show symptoms of depression, weight loss due to lack of food, and failure in school, before the three were arrested by the police on charges of obscenity and blackmailing children.
Quoting court sources, the Dubai-based Arabic language daily Al Bayan said the boy had enjoyed contacting the unidentified young man, who posed as a friend, before realising that he fell prey to a pervert person.
Only then, he regretted sending that man his picture and mobile phone number.
The boy was at home when he received that call from the man asking him to send a nude photograph of himself or he would post his name and a previous picture he sent on social networks to say that he is gay.
Bowing to the threat, the boy sent that photograph and begged the man not to post it online, but on the next day, the boy was shocked to find his pictures went viral on social networks and it was seen by most of his class mates.
A couple of days later, the boy received calls from two other young men demanding more pictures and films of his body. They also asked him to get his friends to contact them and send pictures of their bodies.
“He then realised that he was a victim of a pervert gang. He was scared to tell his father, so he went to his friend who lives in the same building,” Al Bayan said.
“After telling him what happened, the friend said he would give him his pictures later. The friend then told his father, who was given the phone numbers of those three. The father then went straight to the police.”
The report said the three confessed to their “obscene” activities and two of them were referred to the criminal court. The third was sent to the adolescent court.
“As for the victim, he is undergoing a treatment programme so his wounds will heal and his shattered self-confidence is restored,” it said.
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