How Yucatan managed to fight against the scourge of "revenge porn" and "sexting"

The case of 'Yucatercos' led the state to legislate and punish these crimes, but the challenges for prevention are still great, Ricardo García, the specialist in the Scientific Division of the Federal Police, said at a conference.

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Although the state of Yucatan has one of the first legislation that punishes with penalties of up to 15 years in prison cyber crimes such as "sexting" or "revenge porn", the initiative that took effect last year has a sadly famous origin.

In 2016 the case of "Yucatercos", a site dedicated to sharing images of naked minors without their authorization, triggered the alarm in several sectors of the state.

Although it had worked for several years, it was until 2015 that the denunciations of more than a hundred adolescents and women from all over the Yucatan Peninsula triggered the closure of the website and the arrest of its administrators.

The case was recalled by Ricardo García, an officer of the Scientific Division of the Federal Police, at the conference he offered to members of the Superior Court of Justice of the state.

"Yucatan is one of the best codes, one of the most protected cybernetically," said the specialist.

In the state, in addition to punishing the dissemination of this type of images, penalties are also imposed on those who store them and those who administer this type of site.

"This facilitates the work of us as Federal Police," said Garcia who also stressed that in Yucatan crimes against personal image are punished.

For several years, several sectors, including the efforts of activists and victims, such as Ana Baquedano, led the state Congress to approve the changes that made them a national pioneer.

Despite the efforts made, during the past year a new portal was circulated that emulated what was done by "Yucatercos" and that says to avoid local and federal authorities with the use of servers abroad.

Garcia said that the fact that the issue of human trafficking, child pornography, and sex tourism is being fought strengthens the image of Yucatan as one of the safest states in the fight against this type of crime, although he stressed that the prevention work Start from home, where children are allowed to access these tools and content.

In Mexico, 28.5 million children and adolescents between 6 and 17 years are Internet users and makes them the main risk group, according to figures from the Scientific Division of the Federal Police.

Roberto Rodríguez Rivero, the state coordinator of the Federal Police, said that this work not only depends on the Cybernetic Police but on all instances, so it involves municipal and state police, legislators and the Judiciary.

"The problem is not Yucatan is worldwide, because who gets into the networks is exposed."