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A man was arrested on a charge of extortion after allegedly persuading teenage girls to send him pictures before blackmailing them, police in the United Arab Emirates said.
Sharjah police said that the man, who was not identified, posed as a girl on social media sites and befriended the teenage victims.
After gaining their trust, the man persuaded them to send him their personal pictures and videos. After getting a hold of the pictures, the man threatened to publicize them unless they pay him a large amount of money.
The crimes came to light after one of the victims refused to hand over money and called the police. According to the police, the suspect also used the photos for his sexual pleasure.
During questioning, the suspect admitted to extortion.