Illinois Lawmaker Takes Aim At ‘Revenge Porn’ Posters And Peddlers With New Proposal

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“Revenge porn” could become a felony crime in Illinois with hefty fines and jail time under a new proposal filed in Springfield Wednesday.

If passed, the legislation sponsored by state Sen. Michael Hastings (D–Orland Park) would also make it a felony to host any website that forces victims to pay a fee to have their images taken down.

“It’s extortion, it’s wrong and it’s a growing problem,” Hastings said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this happens daily to unsuspecting people who often times use technology without fully realizing the consequences.”

The posting of so-called “revenge porn” or “involuntary porn” is done so without the subject’s permission — often by a bitter ex — with accompanying information like address, workplace or social media accounts that identifies the victim.

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