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15-Year-Old Girl Charged With Child Porn For Selling Explicit Images Of Herself

 

A 15-year-old girl in Kent County, Michigan, is about to get hit with felony child porn charges for selling explicit images of herself.

According to a search warrant affidavit obtained by The Smoking Gun, the 15-year-old suspect — whose name has not been released, as she is a juvenile, although they curiously left her email address un-redacted — earned over $1,000 in about a year by selling explicit photos and videos of herself to creeps online. She met them via the messaging app Kik, which, as far as I can tell, is like Blackberry Messenger for pedophiles. Via the search warrant affidavit:

[Redacted] said she would post on her account that she was ‘”selling stuff.” Men would then contact her and ask what she was selling. She would then tell them that she would send them nude pictures and videos for a price.

[Redacted] said there was no set price for each media file. She admitted that she would receive more money for videos, and less money for pictures. She also said that she would masturbate in some of the videos she made of herself. She said that none of the pictures or videos showed her face and she would not be able to be identified by the media. [Redacted] said that the men knew she was “underage” but couldn’t elaborate how they knew.

Her Kik handle, in case you were wondering, was “YourFavoriteBunBun.”

The men, many of whom are named in the affidavit, would deposit money in her PayPal account, sometimes with appreciative messages like “For you my sexy chocolate skinned honey xoxo.” Then she would send the images to them via Gmail. (She may also have hosted some on Tumblr.) All in all, it sounds like she was running a pretty good game, although she definitely could have charged more; her transactions went as high as $165 but as low as $10.

Unfortunately for Little Miss Redacted, no sexually precocious teen has ever done anything naughty they didn’t want to brag about, and brag she did, to several family members, who told her mother. Horrified that adult men were taking advantage of her child, she called the police for help. Fast-forward to a few months later, and they’re now getting ready to charge that very same child with “disseminating child pornography,” a felony.

Does it seem fair to you that a minor, albeit one with an apparently large amount of agency and business acumen, should be branded as a sex offender for essentially being the victim of a sex crime herself? After all, child porn laws were designed to protect children from adults, not themselves. It will be interesting to see what kind of absurd logic the juvenile court prosecutor uses, should the state decide to go forward with these charges.

 

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15-Year-Old Girl Charged With Child Porn For Selling Explicit Images Of Herself

One reply on “15-Year-Old Girl Charged With Child Porn For Selling Explicit Images Of Herself”

Nope, in pretty much in every jurisdiction where they care about such things, that is the law. The law was intended to prevent exploitation of minors, but never provides safe haven for minors exploiting themselves.

In many places, a kid taking explicit photos of themselves can be liable to be found guilty if those photos are later distributed without their consent.

Parents need to tell their kids they face devastating consequences for misusing their phones and the internet and cannot possibly conceive of all the ways things could go wrong.

At the same time, I’d be scared to tell this particular story, in case the reaction is “Hmmm, $1,000 you say?” or worse… “I could do better.”

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