SINGAPORE: A man engages in sexual activity with at least 20 women he met on the dating app Tinder, recording and photographing some of them without their consent.
He illegally sold some of the images and videos of the sex acts, which resulted in the images being spread online.
Chan Xin Kai, 23, was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison on Monday September 12 for his crimes. He pleaded guilty to five counts, including indecently insulting a woman, selling obscene videos and criminal intimidation. Six other charges were considered at sentencing.
The court heard that Chan was between 18 and 20 years old at the time of the crimes. He joined Tinder in 2016 or 2017 and befriended various women on the app.
He engaged in sexual activity with at least 20 of them and also did the same with other women he met at school, the prosecutor said.
Chan often recorded or photographed the sex acts, sometimes without the women’s consent.
One of the victims met Chan on Tinder in early 2018, when she was 18 and he was 19. They “had a sexual relationship”, according to court documents, before breaking off contact in late 2018.
However, in February 2019, the victim received a screenshot from an unknown person on Instagram asking if she was the person depicted in the screenshot. The photo showed the victim performing a sexual act.
The victim filed a police report into the incident and found out from a friend that nude videos and photos of her were circulating online.
The victim confronted Chan, but he denied circulating the footage. He claimed he deleted them and lost his phone.
Investigations revealed the opposite: Chan had taken a total of 56 videos and 112 photos of the victim as they engaged in sexual acts.
He decided to make money selling these videos and photos in November 2018 and chose her because he felt he was not as close to her as his other partners.
Chan created fake profiles on dating and chat apps posing as the victim and offered to sell his photos and videos. He managed to sell two obscene videos of the victim to two strangers, earning S$160.
He also earned S$240 by selling videos and photos of other victims performing private acts.
Another victim was 20 when she met Chan on Tinder. She engaged in sexual acts with him regularly for five months.
Chan took 36 photos and 20 videos of this victim performing intimate acts without her consent.
On May 15, 2019, Chan threatened this victim by sending him a message on Telegram. He said, “Yes, I have your nudes, so you might want to reply to me.”
At the time of this post, the victim had stopped dating Chan and no longer wanted to. However, Chan wanted to meet her for sex and threatened to circulate her nude photos in order to get her to meet him.
Feeling threatened and fearing that Chan would circulate the photos of her, the victim met Chan. He assured her that he deleted the images but did not.
The prosecutor asked for 24 to 31 weeks in jail and opposed the appeal of a probation fitness report.
She noted the harm and seriousness of Chan’s offending, saying he intruded on the privacy of several victims and sold obscene videos of this intrusion to others.
“Filming the victims in their moments of intimacy is a serious offense which justified the updating of the Penal Code in 2019”, noted the prosecutor.
A Penal Code review panel observed that the specific offense of voyeurism was needed to address the serious problems that technology had created, further noting that there was a ‘bustling market’ online for videos and upskirt photos, the prosecutor said.
She added that many of the videos in this case involved a high degree of intrusion where the victim was identifiable. Additionally, Chan was between 18 and 20 at the time of the offenses and not particularly young.
The prosecutor pointed to Chan’s long period of offense and the difficulty of detection – if the first victim had not been informed that his videos were circulating, the defendant might not have been arrested for his actions. registration of several victims.