Sexting: The Most Common Computer Crime


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For some time now the word nudes or even sales of explicit sexual content have become really famous, coupled with these the sexting it has also become common among adults and as a crime in minors. 

We must understand that not all trends and fashions are positive, many of these can lead to worse situations that are later difficult to face. This crime is surrounded by many questions such as when is it a crime and when is it not? What are the dangers of practicing sexting? Who is the active subject in this crime?

Today we will be talking about this crime and everything you need to know in order not to be part of it. 

Sexting: The Most Common Computer Crime
sexting: The Most Common Computer Crime

what is the sexting?

The etymology of this term makes us understand that it is a word made up of 2, the first being sex and the second texting. As we can see, this means that it is the sending and receiving of sexual content through multimedia media. 

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These media are usually telephone equipment, which tends to be easier to have and to manipulate the content. This content can be photos, videos and even Gifs. 

There is an alarming figure in Spain when combined with the possibility of the practice of sexting, and it is that the 65% of minors between 10 and 16 has its own team. Although, although it is true that at present this is a necessity, it increases the possibility of sexting in the minor. 

The risk of practicing sexting It is really high, since we have all been able to see the power of the web for content to go viral. A photo or video that sneaks onto the web will cause a real problem for its owner, reaching everywhere in a few moments. 

What are the consequences of sexting?

We must understand that a minor who is committing sexting he is committing a crime, but he himself is sentenced in search of protecting that minor. However, the risks of this practice go far beyond the awareness of the child or adolescent. 

Among these consequences we can mention:


First of all, we must talk about the extortion that both children and adults can suffer from a person who wants to take advantage of content they have in their hands. 

This situation is really uncomfortable, since it normally makes 2 types of requests. The first is of monetary origin, they will want money in exchange for the confidentiality of the content. 

In the second instance, there are extortionists who ask for a greater amount of sexual content or even seek a meeting. 


Second, we have the grooming, which consists of a practice of involving the victim, gaining their trust and extracting sexual content from it. These scammers always work with the sexting as a means of obtaining photos and videos of the victim. 

This goes further than sextortion, since once they have the content, the perpetrator's request will be to meet the victim. We must understand that it gains the total trust of its victim and then attacks, making it more difficult to inform the authorities or any nearby adults. 

These personal encounters can end in sexual relations, rape, or even kidnapping of minors. 


Bullying exists and every day it manifests itself in different ways, as in this case Cyberbullying. This time the content will not reach an extortionist or more, but it can reach the social circle of the victim. 

This means that there is a constant harassment of the people who surround the victim and the spread of the content in their environment is really fast. 

In what article of the law is the criminal punished? sexting?

He article 197.7 of our penal code, tells us the sanctions and that is sanctioned in terms of the sexting. It mainly talks about the penalty of 3 months to 1 year in jail or fines that can range from 6 to 12 months. 

This penalty will be given to all people who disseminate explicit content without the person's authorization and that it is not obtained within the reach of third parties. 

However, the active subject of this crime will be the person who has received the content out of trust and with consent, but who propagates it. Remember that this propagation can lead to more complex situations for the owner of the content. 

Likewise, it is important to delimit the severity of this when the content is of minors and among minors. 

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