Almost 500 Adelaide women and teenagers have fallen victim to a US website which has shared nude, risqué and revealing photos of them without their permission.
It’s believed the photos used on the site were being displayed and offered for download without permission.
The website allows users to view photos of ‘Adelaide chicks’ in various states of undress.
News Corp reports the victims were told ‘you cannot do anything to stop us’ by site users and the moderators say they are exempt from South Australian law because they are based in the United States.
The women whose photos were used on the site, claim their images were stolen from private social media accounts or shared as ‘revenge porn’ by former partners.
The photos began appearing on the website earlier this year after a user started a call out thread on a message board requesting to trade his photos with others.
Less than a month later the user declared they more than 500 images and were seeking more.
“It’s really been me doing 90 per cent of the work collecting new content, organizing folders, killing duplicates, merging archives,” the user wrote.
“This has been my latest project … I didn’t take all the pics myself or anything but I did go through every single thread and save nearly every image myself.”
The victims became aware of the site and its existence through Facebook and other social media and have since demanded for it to be taken down.
The users have ignored their plea.
Police have issued a warning to women to think of the long-term effects of uploading images to the Internet and texting nude photos.
A police spokesman told News Corp the long-term effects of an uploaded image or text can have long-term psychological effects on both the sender and those receiving.
“The social ramifications for students involved in these matters can cause embarrassment both now and into the future,” the spokesman said.
“This can also cause further damage to reputation when applying for employment.”