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​Former Glamour Model Jess Davies Reveals She Was Victim Of ‘eWhoring’

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​Former Glamour Model Jess Davies Reveals She Was Victim Of ‘eWhoring’

A model has revealed she was a victim of what's known as eWhoring, sharing her story in a new BBC documentary.

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In the doc, When Nudes Are Stolen - which airs on Wednesday evening (7 April) on BBC One - former glamour model and influencer Jess Davies explains how her images were stolen and used online by dodgy websites.

Her images, including topless photos, were being sold in 'packs' for as little as $15, with the idea being that scammers can purchase a bank of snaps to be able to impersonate a real person

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In the programme, 27-year-old Davies meets with cyber expert Scott McGready, who says scammers trade images 'like they're Pokemon cards or baseball cards'.

He tells Davies that there are entire 'eWhoring' communities online dedicated to trading such photos, teaching others how to gather them to sell on.

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Davies visits one of the forums to ask if any of the anonymous users recognise her photo - receiving a reply to inform her that a pack of 100 of her images was up for sale.

She says: "Seeing that message come through, I just feel gross that he recognised me.

"To know my images are being sold on eWhoring sites for $15 a pack, I think, 'Wow you're actually ruining my life for $15.'

"I think if you saw this happening in real life, in the market, people wouldn't believe it but because it's on the internet people don't care, it's fair game, it's actually your fault."

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Davies, from Aberystwyth in Wales, began glamour modelling at 18 but decided to give it up.

However, her images have since been shared all around the world - being used to catfish people everyone from the UK, Italy and Spain to Canada, Mexico and Australia.

She explains in the new film: "Some of these men can be quite relentless.

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"Some of them really crossed a line.

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"I've had people being really rude and send me abusive stuff because they're angry, or people love-bombing me, messaging me all the time. I've had to block people."

Davies even hired a private investigator to find out why her images kept appearing on the internet, at that point unaware she was the victim of eWhoring.

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She adds: "I feel so upset, but just angry that all of this can happen and people just expect you to put up with it and act like it's not a big deal.

"There's nothing wrong if people choose to do porn, but I never chose to have my photos on those sites."

When Nudes Are Stolen airs on BBC One tonight (7 April) at 10.45pm. The documentary will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Documentary

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