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She felt violated in mind as well as body, because she “would never have consented to a sexual relationship with a married man, let alone a man who was actively having relations with multiple women simultaneously.” Also, like many other victims of sex-motivated catfishing, she now has difficulty trusting others.
But since catfishing for sex is not a crime in the UK, she had to start a petition and fight for this fraud to be recognized as such.
If a victim was manipulated into giving up money at any point, that’s clearly financial fraud (and many catfishers who have set up money extortion schemes have already been punished by law).
Also, sexual fraud itself is provable, since it’s a form of rape.
After all, as intellectual property expert Irina D.
Manta so deftly points out, “we punish low-level shoplifting, or false claims in commercial advertising, more harshly than we punish most forms of sexual deception, despite the suffering and harm to one’s dignity the latter brings.” Do we have to wait for rape by deception to happen before we can legally punish a fraudulent dater?
Survivors fear that no one will believe them or take the proper action to punish their abusers. S.] law only haphazardly penalizes misrepresentations in the context of sex — ” legislation drastically narrows the list of sexual fraud types that someone can be legally prosecuted for.
In fact, even many known cases of offline sexual fraud go unpunished. Thus, it’s clear that the legal system needs many reforms.
Lawyers are arguing just that — sexual fraud originating on the web should have legal consequences.
—Whether it’s about their age, height, figure, occupation, marital status, or something else, so many online daters weave webs of lies in their dating profiles.
In fact, the vast majority of online daters aren’t honest — Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that a whopping 80% of daters post at least one lie in their profiles.
When he was outed in 2017, he deleted every online account he possessed, leaving few traces of his deception. Anna Rowe was a victim of sexual fraud that originated online, but this fraud wasn’t treated as a legally punishable offense.
(She lives in the United Kingdom, but survivors in the U. run into similar problems.) Anna fell in love with a seemingly kind businessman she met online, and developed a year-long relationship with him.