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Similar ones include: "Change your username to something very obscure" and "Make sure your online identity is different from your real-life persona". A 7,member strong Telegram chat group distributing obscene content is replete with messages like these, all in the name of avoiding detection.
This and other related group chats on Telegram, similar to the defunct SG Nasi Lemak, caught the attention of year-old Nisha Rai, a political science undergraduate at the National University of Singapore.
Ms Rai and 11 others, including polytechnic students, university undergraduates and working adults, have made it their mission to infiltrate these chat groups to try and shut them down. They started late last month and have found nearly 60 such chat groups circulating obscene material of women in Singapore. These include videos of young women performing sex acts, in various stages of undress, upskirt photos, and hidden camera footage of women in toilets and changing rooms.
Ms Rai added that five of these group chats feature mainly content of local victims. She pointed out that their location could be established by visual clues. For example, upskirt photos that were clearly taken on the MRT, or the inclusion of victims' Instagram s alongside illicit material. According to Ms Rai, the size of each group ranges from to more than 7, members.
The most active ones are updated daily. Nisha Rai and 11 others have made it their mission to infiltrate illicit chat groups circulating obscene material of women to try and shut them down. Photo: Nisha Rai. In October , four men were arrested for their involvement in SG Nasi Lemak, a Telegram group that started in , and had 44, members at its peak. Two others were sentenced to probation for distributing obscene material, while the case of another administrator is pending.
In , a CNA investigation discovered 13 other similar chat groups. Administrators are going to great lengths to evade detection — such as changing the names of the group chats frequently. They are also using technology to hide their tracks. One tracks the changing of a person's usernames.
There is another bot … which you can use to forward pictures and your username is hidden — so it states that it's sent from a bot, and not the individual itself," said Ms Rai. She has also seen advertisements for groups that tout themselves as more private and exclusive, requiring users to pay in cryptocurrency in exchange for access.
Users were told to deny that they are part of the group. Aside from hunting down the groups, Ms Rai has also been reaching out to victims to provide them with emotional support. Around 30 have been contacted. She also hopes authorities can consider establishing a support base for these victims, catering to specific needs.
For older women , it may be employment opportunities," she added. Last month, the government announced that new laws could be drawn up to tackle the dissemination of voyeuristic and intimate images online without consent. The Ministry of Communications and Information also said that it is working to form a new Singapore Together Alliance for Action AfA on tackling online harms, especially those targeted at women and girls. Skip Jump to Main.Sex telegram address
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Leaked sex tapes and child porn: A look into 13 illicit Telegram chat groups