“Sadistic” Online Extortionist Jailed for 32 Years

“Sadistic” Online Extortionist Jailed for 32 Years

An online extortionist described by police as “sadistic” and “depraved” has been jailed for 32 years following a string of horrific crimes targeting nearly 2000 victims.

Abdul Hasib Elahi, 26, of Sparkhill in Birmingham, is said to have pretended to be a businessman or stockbroker when he frequented “sugar daddy” websites and social media sites.

Targeting victims that were in debt or too young even to be on the sites, he promised to pay thousands for photos of them naked or partially clothed, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Elahi quickly moved his conversations off these sites and onto end-to-end encrypted WhatsApp in order to disguise his activity, the agency revealed.

Once he’d accrued enough photos of his targets, he’d switch to blackmail, threatening to email the pics to friends and family unless his victims sent photos and videos the NCA described as “horrendous” and “horrific.” They include demands for footage of “self-mutilation” and of victims abusing young children and siblings.

He is said to have made £25,000 from selling the content in “box sets” via the cloud and encrypted service Telegram — a move which led to others trying to blackmail some

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