By Beatrice Thomas
Three people found guilty in Saudi of extorting money from women are set to be named and shamed in media in the next few days
Three people found guilty in Saudi of extorting money from women are set to be named and shamed in the media “in the next few days,” according to Saudi’s chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), it was reported.
Sheikh Abdullateef Al Asheikh said the three people were arrested for being involved in several cases of blackmailing women for money.
“The names and photographs of the guilty will be published in the media in the next few days,” he said, adding that all three has confessed to police.
He said one of the men had blackmailed a woman knew and forced his way into her house, Arab News reported.
He said on two occasions she had to take shelter on the roof with her children to escape, eventually reporting the matter to police.
“The other case involves a woman who sent some photographs to a young man who started blackmailing her. She then filed a complaint. When Haia members tried to arrest him, he began shooting at them but no one was hurt,” he was quoted as saying by Arab News.
“The Haia found hashish and drugs on him. He was with other persons who fled the scene in their cars.”
The third case, said Al Asheikh, involved a man and his wife. “The wife helped her husband to befriend married and divorced women using various methods. The couple then obtained photographs of these women and blackmailed them. The man was arrested while demanding SR7,000 from a woman,” he said.
He said the perpetrators were targeting “weak and helpless females for dirty ends”.
He said women often assisted male blackmailers to carry out their crimes, with some cases involving girls as young as 13 who had accounts on Twitter.