A Florida man has been accused by police of assaulting a woman and threatening her with further violence unless she performed sexual acts with him and another woman to earn money on OnlyFans.
According to Fox 13 Tampa Bay 30-year-old Demarko Spears attempted to force his unnamed victim to perform and record sex with him for the popular online platform for generating income from original content—often self-produced pornography.
Police say that Spears argued with the woman late in May after discovering that she had gone to a strip club without him. Spears slapped the woman in the face and demanded that she cash her paycheck and give the funds to him.
When she reportedly tried to flee from him while at the Mid-Florida Credit Union, Spears dragged the woman back into his vehicle.
Spears continued assaulting her, and once more she attempted to escape while in a Costco parking lot, finally succeeding in doing so.
Spears was arrested the following day and charged with extortion, strong-arm robbery, felony battery, grand theft, false imprisonment, and tampering with a witness.
OnlyFans has become a highly popular platform for content creators to earn subscription-based income for their content, typically allowing pornography performers to cut out the middle man in earning money from their own bodies.
While adults may use the platform for unsavory purposes, whether coerced by people like Spears or not, there is an alarming, rising trend of children utilizing the site.
A shocking BBC report found that teenagers are using fake identification to gain access to OnlyFans and earn cash posting explicit images and videos. In one such case profiled by the BBC, a 14-year-old used her grandmother’s passport to start posting on the site.
OnlyFans said that the 14-year-old girl’s account was “fraudulent” and that it is assisting police and has since updated its age verification system to “further reduce the chance” of reoccurrence.
“This is something that we take very seriously,” OnlyFans said in a statement regarding illicit underage use of the platform. “We constantly review our systems to ensure they are as robust as possible.”
But BBC News tested the site’s “new exceptionally effective” system back in April, the report states. “While a fake ID did not work, we were able to set up an OnlyFans account for a 17-year-old by using her 26-year-old sister’s passport.”
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