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To whomever can please help me. I willingly sent nude photographs

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To whomever can please help me.

I willingly sent nude photographs of myself at the age of 17 to my then boyfriend, who moved back to his home country, Singapore.

We haven't spoken for a while but during the termination of our relationship he threatened to post the photographs of me online, print hard copies and distribute them and show my friends and family.

Since then, he has blackmailed me several times with distributing said photographs and I was wondering if there is any possible action I can take, considering international laws undoubtedly take effect.

Please can you help me, I want a long career and happy family life without a thoughtless, immature decision tainting that.

Thank you for your time.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
HI.

Thank you for your question . My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will try to help with this.

Is he in the uk?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
He is in Singapore, serving National Service until 2015.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Are you in the uk?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I am currently abroad. I return to London, where I live permanently, on Tuesday August 20th. The threats just came out of nowhere.

I can confirm I am a UK citizen.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
We're you abroad at the time of the threats?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
For the first threats, I was in London. He then said he had no longer got a copy of the photographs. I went on holiday in July and had heard nothing from him. Today however we were in touch and he threatened to distribute the photograph again.

Since I have told him I am consulting a lawyer, he is again claiming he doesn't have a copy because the phone he saved it on is not working.

Sorry for being so unhelpful, I will answer all questions as soon as I can with any information you need.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Thanks.

There aren't any offences arising from the photographs per se. Ultimately he was given those lawfully by you and he is entitled to retain them as you had given them to him.

There may be blackmail offences depends on what has actually been said. If you were in London at the time then its within the jurisdiction. The difficulty will be that if he is in Singapore unfortunately the police are not going to pursue him out there even for a relatively serious offence like blackmail I'm afraid.

Can I clarify anything for you?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your help. I assumed that would be the case, but it is always worth checking. You have clarified a lot already, thank you again.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
No problem

All the best.

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