Pakistan Busts Facebook Kidnap Gang

Posted by  on September 23, 2013   /   Comments Off

A Pakistani man browses the internat at a cyber cafe in Karachi on May 27, 2010. (AFP/File)

A Pakistani man browses the internat at a cyber cafe in Karachi on May 27, 2010. (AFP/File)

sage:  This comes hard on the heels of other not-so-nice revelations about Facebook:  their ties to the NSA and their use of photos of Rehtaeh Parsons in an online dating site advertisement.  Rehtaeh was a 15 yr old Canadian girl who was gang raped with photos taken and publicized; she subsequently committed suicide.

FOX News – September 21, 2013

LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistani authorities on Saturday busted a gang using a female member to lure youngsters through Facebook and telephone calls and then kidnapping them for ransom, police said.

The gang, which included a lawyer, his wife, the son of a policeman and four others, was active in the industrial town of Gujranwala in central Punjab province and was traced by tracking phone calls.

“This gang of friends was using their female member to trap youngsters on Facebook and through phone calls,” Shoaib Khurram, a senior police official, told AFP.

“The girl was assigned to trap targeted young boys in fake love on Facebook and phone and then invite them for dates,” he said, adding that the other members would kidnap the boys when they came to meet her.

“So far, we have got verification about two boys who were trapped in fake love of this lady and were then kidnapped by this gang. Their families later paid ransom amounts worth millions of rupees to get them free,” he said.

Pakistan earlier this month cracked down on “immoral” love chat services offered by mobile phone companies, stifling hopes of illicit romance in the conservative Muslim country, where dating is frowned upon.

In 2010, Pakistan shut down Facebook for nearly two weeks over blasphemy and continues to restrict hundreds of online links.


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