Blogger Mom's Photos Stolen, Posted on Porn Site

When Melissa Esplin tried to get her photos and contact information removed, the site demanded $400.
3:00 | 03/14/14

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Transcript for Blogger Mom's Photos Stolen, Posted on Porn Site
It is a growing threat on the internet. Your name, photo and contact information on an x-rated website. That's what happened to a Utah mother, messages all over the world after the image was posted. Mara schiavocampo here with this cautionary tale. Reporter: Good morning. You have know the scariest part of this, it could happen to anyone with millions of us posting our selfies and other permanent pics every single day and there's little you can do about it after the fact. Salt Lake City blogger Melissa esplen has more than 3,000 photos online of her calligraphy and craft projects and many innocent pictures of herself but two weeks ago the married mother of two kids woke up to find her perfectly pgpics were being used in an x-rated way. It infuriated me and sent me into a pan in. I was angry that people would think it was me. Reporter: Some of the photos had been stolen and posted on a porn site next to very graphic images of someone else's body. But that's not all that was on the site. Esplin's name, city she lived in and link to her Facebook page was there and she immediately started getting bombarded with messages from strange men. You're pretty. Those pictures were really interesting. I'd like to get to know you more and some got considerably more graphic. Reporter: Then the second shock. She says she found she was the target of a attempted cyberextortion and the site would only take the images down if she agreed to pay $400. Really. Like I would pay somebody $400? I mean who knows what they would have done with my credit card information? I'm one of many women that are extorted on this site every day. Reporter: Posting photos online is easier and more popular than ever with millions of us sharing sell if is and other personal pics on sites like instagram, snapchat and Facebook. Experts say what happened to her could happen to anyone. And events like this are more common than ever. If you find your photos have been misused, you can report it but basically you're on your own because there's not really a place for law enforcement to step in. Experts say prevention is the key. Limit what you post and who can see it using privacy settings and, you know, Esplin did toil a complaint with the FBI but that website is registered overseas so there's very little they can do at this point. Thanks. More from Dan Abrams and you look at this. There's got to be a law against it but this is not necessarily that easy. Actually can be very hard. This case is a little easier because they're literally just taking a photo of her, so she has the copyright to it, she owns it. Taking it and putting it in a false light with somebody else and giving away private details, et cetera so this is easier than some of the cases. The harder cases and this was on a revenge porn site. The harder cases are the ones where someone puts it on a revenge porn site and you want to try to get it down and you want to try to say, wait, this has to be illegal. Can I ask a question? What's a revenge porn site versus a regular porn site. The sites devoted to getting back at people. Tends to be exes, the victims tend to be 80% women. So what do you do if you're in that -- you find yourself on one of these? First of all states across the country are now passing laws. A couple of states have them, California, New Jersey I think now trying to pass laws across the country that outlaw them but sometimes hard to create laws that pass constitutional muster so you have to make sure the laws are really goinged to conduct that's intended to harm someone where someone had an expectation of privacy and the easier cases to get someone to take it down are the ones maybe where you've taken the photo yourself, right. Because then you can say I own that photo. The harder ones are someone else has and that picture of you, they technically own that photo, they say it's my right to use it and that's why you need these new laws. This is something that just seems completely illegal. Also -- Completely illegal. Maddening. Absolutely maddening. Wow, great advice.

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