KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing has busted a large network operating an international pornographic website from Karachi, arresting one suspect of the gang.
According to the FIA officials, the group used women to record sexually explicit videos for international clients through a mobile app. These women were then paid in ‘diamond’ (a form of virtual currency) for sexually explicit video calls with their clients.
The more diamonds a woman received, the more she would be paid by the network, disclosed the FIA. Some of the women — besides the video calls — were forced to do immoral acts by the network as well, disclosed the FIA officials.
The FIA said the gang by using these women issue advertisements in newspapers in which women were offered salaries of up to Rs 40,000 per month to work from home.
The FIA officials said that the network has 35 members across Pakistan. The women, who were involved in the immoral video calls, were paid Rs 7,000 after they collected 400,000 diamonds.
A woman named Ramsha has been identified by the FIA as the owner of the app and a man named Fazal Qadir is her partner, said the FIA. Qadir was apprehended from an apartment in Gulistan-e-Iqbal — where he used to run an office that operated a porn website — after a woman complained to the agency about the group, it added.
Nine mobile phones and laptops as well as other electronic items were recovered during the raid. Data about various women and pornographic videos were obtained from the electronic devices, the officials said.
FIA has registered a case against the app’s owner, Ramsha, and three other persons. Raids are being conducted to arrest two other women nominated in the case.