She had no idea that she was targeted for this
In an instant, Noelle Martin’s world turned upside down when she found out that her images were being used on illicit websites that also published her personal information. This new form of identity theft is affecting men and women all over the world, but there’s no real way to fight it yet. Some enterprising pornographers are even demanding photos from victims who they blackmail. Can this invasive and incredibly damaging cyber crime be stopped, or are these thieves just too sophisticated?
Everyone who is on social media posts photos of themselves to their pages. You could post pictures of yourself at the park, hanging at the club, or even walking your dog. Any of these could become a target for people who are up to no good.
Noelle Martin was no different. At the time she was 17 years old, she had a healthy social media presence and posted conservative photos of herself at her home, at bars, and elsewhere.
One night, she decided to reverse-search her images and discovered something shocking. Her photos from social media were being used on pornographic websites to lure men to the read fake profiles about her. Noelle had nothing to do with these sites and gave no one permission use her photos.
She said, “It all started a couple of years ago when I discovered through a simple Google Image Reverse search that dozens of photos from my social media were plastered all over pornographic sites: xhamster.com, sex.com, cumonprintedpics.com, motherless.com, titsintops.com you name it.”
But that wasn’t all…
The thieves eventually started superimposing her face onto the bodies of women in hardcore porn photos. The photos were done so well that it actually looked like her in the photos having sex. She felt horribly degraded by the photos as well as what people were saying about her.
“What’s more, is that on these pornographic sites were extremely explicit and highly offensive comments about myself that are to this day branded in my mind: ‘Cover her face, and I’d f**k her body,’ and ‘the amount of cum that has been spilt over her could fill a swimming pool.’ I was also called a ‘whale.'”