Sussex man blackmailed 12-year-old girl online to become ‘sex slaves’

A MAN pretended to be a teenager online and blackmailed girls as young as 12 into becoming his “sex slaves”.

Jordan Croft forced victims between the ages of 12 and 22 to send photos and videos of themselves performing sexual and degrading acts on themselves and other children.

Croft, from West Sussex, was linked to 20 profiles on four messaging platforms where he intimidated victims into verbally confirming they would enter into his “sexual slavery contract”.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) found he was in touch with more than 5,000 people on one platform alone.

He would also punish victims if they don’t comply with his demands, threatening to expose them to their family and social media followers.

He initially pretended to be a teenager to befriend his victims, but once satisfied they would follow his rules, he revealed his true age and admitted to being a “catfish”.

Croft saved and captioned the images and videos his victims sent with a list of their social media followers and their names and ages.

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Numerous police forces had filed reports of online abuse related to Croft.

After identifying him as the pedophile behind several usernames, police arrested him in September 2019 and confiscated two mobile phones and a USB stick.

Martin Ludlow, Chief Investigator for the National Crime Agency, said: “Jordan Croft is a prolific criminal who has caused heartbreaking suffering to many victims and their families.

“The sexual depravity he consistently displayed during this abuse of young female children and adults is appalling.

“Like many criminals, Croft thrived on the power he could wield over the victims. He sought that sense of control and gained it through deceit and abuse.

“He showed no sympathy for the victims, pushing them to the breaking point and making threats even when they asked him to stop.

“I commend these young women who have shown such courage to speak out against him.”

He has been accused multiple times of inducing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, of extorting, making unjustified demands for (objectionable images of children) IIOC, willfully causing or instigating the sexual exploitation of a child and doing over 900 IIOC in categories to have AC.

He pleaded guilty to all 65 charges at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 9 August and is due to be sentenced on 10 November.

Heather Wilkinson. of the CPS, Croft said he admitted to sexually abusing 26 people and had actively searched for victims as young as 12 for sexual abuse.

“Even though he tried to hide his activities via private networks, evidence was uncovered against him, including age filters he set in a phone app and the control rules he shared.

“This guilty plea means that victims of his abuse will not now be forced to relive their trauma through a process.” Sussex man blackmailed 12-year-old girl online to become ‘sex slaves’

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