Photos of minors shared, sexualised on microblogs

Youth whose everyday pictures are misused have little recourse and suffer similar trauma as sex assault victims

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They are photos that could have belonged in a school yearbook: girls posing during dance rehearsals and boys at the swimming pool or the track, clad in their sports attire.

Instead, they were found on microblogs that publish local pornographic content, drawing lewd comments that range from the suggestive to the obscene.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2018, with the headline Photos of minors shared, sexualised on microblogs. Subscribe