Revenge Porn Site Creator Could Face Prison

Victims speak out against websites where people anonymously post explicit photographs of exes.
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Here is how it works. A bitter ex-boyfriend posts a risque shot of his former lover on line. And in an instant the deeply intimate becomes ruthlessly public. Incredibly easy to do. Shockingly common. So much so, it even has a name. Revenge porn. For years, the victims have suffered helplessly. Tonight the tables are turning and here is abc's neil c karlinsky. Reporter: Online bad news travels fast. When kayla found out a topless picture was showing up against her will all over the internet she was horrified. Embarrassing to know they have seen the photo and they know what I look like topless. Reporter: She says she was hacked. What she didn't know at the time sunny was just another in a long, embarrassed line of women who had fallen victim to something called revenge porn. Generally when an ex-boyfriend send a nude pictures of an old girlfriend just to humiliate her. But in this case, they picked the wrong victim with the right mom. It was extremely difficult for my whole family. It wasn't just my daughter that was victimized it was the entire family. It impacts everybody in the victim's life. Reporter: Charlotte laws called erin brocovic of revenge porn. Frustrated nobody was doing anything about the underground problem. She set out to track down more victims. After two years of pushing law makers, get a law on the books in california to crack down. The amendment will cover 100% of victims. Any bed wody who distributes a nude, topless picture without the victim's consent would be illegal. Reporter: Law enforcement has taken notice. Yougotposted.Com, which critics claim specialized in revenge porn. Tonight he is learning that revenge is a dish that sometimes is served in jail, facing 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft and extortion. He got himself into trouble not by humiliating people but by charging victims 250 and $350 to remove the images. Using e-mails sent through a website, called change my reputation.Com. Court documents say he collected in excess of $10,000. Money from often desperate victims. Please help, I am scared for my life. Wrote a victim police list as jane doe number 6. Others have suffered the same humiliation from similar sites. I couldn't breathe. Then I started crying. Uncontrollably. Because I felt really helpless. Holly told "nightline" earlier this year she had no idea who posted a dozen topless photos of her on a site called texan.Com. Knowing some one could, with a:00 a click of a button take whatever information from you and share it is really troubling. Reporter: The world of revenge porn, something known as involuntary porn is a strange one. As we found out when we met the man many kconsider the godfather of revenge porn. Hunter moore, claims he never hacked any one. His former website is any one up.Com was designed for humiliation on a scale only the internet can offer. Public humiliation. Yeah. It is. You are fine with blasting it out and basically ruining in some cases other people? To me, I don't know these people. So it's -- it's kind of anonymous to me. I think the people submitting are the ones who should be -- feeling bad when they do click submit. Reporter: You have no empathy? No. They're just characters in, avatars, icons on a screen. Reporter: He boasted about the woman who came to the door looking for her own brand of revenge. I was walking out of my house one day. Out of nowhere the girl we had posted, I had posted, she stuck me in the shoulder with a bik pen. This is the scar I have left. They had to surgically remove it. Reporter: Hunter moore is no longer in the revenge porn business his site like the others have had one more unintended shock wave. They mobilized a small army of angry women into action. Holly has taken a page out of charlotte law's book and gone on to speak with lawmakers and work with victims. She believes the people who run the websites should share blame with their customers. They're just as to blame, you know, guilty. They should be held accountable because they're logging on, they're putting their credit card in, they're paying to see us exploited. And -- again, if they're -- itch there wasitch -- if there wasn't those disgusting people paying, there wouldn't be a website. Legislating revenge porn out of business is no small task. Hunter moore left his site not because he was threatened or sued but because he was bought out by a man who bought it to be the good guy to shut it down as a sort of public service. But it also instantly gave him 2 million visitors for a new venture which by the way is closely tied to another revenge based website called cheaterville. There is just a full day of, of just alleged cheaters. Reporter: Website devoted to people posting about their spouses or partners cheating. Reporter: Did you shut it down for public good or because it is a website with of a huge built-in audience. There you go. Launching a site. You got a lot of eyeballs. Do you know what kind of base he has to subscribe, subscriber base he had. The same laws that allow youtube to host content, uploaded by individuals also protects some revenge porn. Putting the liability fully on the person who uploads it. Incredibly difficult for victims to find any remedy. Really difficult to get any type of civil suits to be initiated against the perpetrators because that costs a lot of money. It often does bring more publicity to images themselves. There are hundreds of sites by one estimate. Nearly 900. Kate rg to what catering to an uncomfortable amount of demand. When weep la last caught up with hunter moore he thought using humiliation as a business model was a good idea. At some point when you get older you may look back at the person you are now and have regret. I'm going to grow and change as a person. Right now at this time, I'm going to take full advantage of people's mistakes and what i have created. Reporter: Tonight as charlotte law celebrates the fact that moore states are cracking down on revenge porn, she knows technology is often one step ahead. And people everywhere love taking pictures of themselves and sharing them. The law has the not kept up with technology. That is for sure. It's true. There are so many pictures, on the internet. So much information out there. I don't think there is really a we to curb that. Neil karlinsky in seattle.

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