the Pakistani man became friends with her through Facebook.
A Pakistani man identified as Nabraz was arrested on Sunday, July 21, 2019, for possessing child pornography.
The suspect was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cybercrime unit in Karachi.
They found that Nabraz had video footage of a 12-year-old girl. He allegedly blackmailed her with the “compromising” videos.
FIA Deputy Director Abdul Ghaffar explained that the suspect was in Karachi’s Defence Housing Society when he was taken into custody.
According to officers, Nabraz would obtain the phone numbers of young girls from a friend who worked at a mobile top-up shop.
The FIA cybercrime unit explained that he would befriend the girls.
He allegedly would then persuade them to perform sexual acts while he filmed them and took photos.
Nabraz would later proceed to blackmail the victims by using the pornographic footage.
In the case of the 12-year-old victim, the Pakistani man became friends with her through Facebook. He later made pornographic videos and pictures of her.
Ghaffar explained that the accused even sent one photo to a relative of the girl with the intent of blackmailing her.
The girl’s mother was alerted about the “compromising” photo. She filed a complaint with the FIA and Nabraz was eventually arrested.
FIA officers looked through his phone where they found more videos and photos of young children.
The Deputy Director added that the girl is a grade six student. As a result of her ordeal, the victim has been suffering from immense mental stress.
According to the Tribune, if Nabraz is convicted, he faces at least seven years in prison as well as a fine.
An officer said: “There’s a minimum of a seven-year jail term and a Rs. 50,000 (£250) fine for child pornography.”
Since the cybercrime law was passed in the country, there have been a number of cases involving women and girls being blackmailed with inappropriate videos and pictures taken of them.
In February 2019, 22 Pakistani suspects were arrested on suspicion of being associated with a child pornography ring.
Director-General Muhammad Shoaib explained that 20 people were arrested for luring children into child pornography through social media.
Another two suspects were arrested for making fake accounts and uploading distasteful photographs of two women.
The authorities stated that they trapped minors by sending them friend requests from fake accounts on Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.
The accounts were mostly created in the names of women. Minors were then exploited by the suspects.
Shoaib said: “Child pornography was being used to make money.”
After one woman filed a police report stating that her photos were being uploaded online, it led to the other two men being arrested.
Following their arrests, FIA sub-inspector Naheed Bilal said that investigations were underway against 50 other suspects for their alleged involvement in child pornography.