Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A married man who graded women according to how pretty they were and paid attractive women more to be tortured than ugly women has told cops he did nothing wrong as they consented to the abuse to help him become an online celebrity.
But the plan failed because his social media accounts kept getting blocked as the bizarre content was regarded as inappropriate, and now he has been arrested over the abuse when one of the women complained.
It was not revealed whether the complaint was one of the women that he regarded as attractive and who got the bonus payment, or one of the ugly women who was forced to be tortured for a discount fee.
Erkan T., 33, a married father of two, invited the women in need to his home, blindfolded them, tied their hands and feet with handcuffs and a scarf, and hit their feet with sticks, according to reports.
It was revealed that Erkan T., who worked in a cargo company in the district of Melikgazi in the Turkish province of Kayseri, paid TRY 500 (GBP 43.4) to those he considered ‘beautiful’ and TRY 250 (GBP 21.6) to those he called ‘ugly’.
Erkan T., who filmed the torture visits with his phone, sent some of the videos to other women he wanted to torture to show them what was in store if they consented.
One woman, named as N. K., said Erkan T. contacted her and offered money to torture her. She subsequently filed a criminal complaint with the public prosecutor’s office.
The police then launched an investigation against Erkan T. for ‘obscenity’ and ‘sexual harassment’.
The Ethics Bureau of the Public Security Branch detained Erkan T. as part of the investigation. However, he was released after leaving a statement on 6th September because the victims he allegedly tortured in return for money did not file a complaint against him.
Erkan T’s mobile phone was confiscated so police teams can examine the images stored on it.
In his statement to the police, Erkan T. is quoted as saying: “I have been married for 10 years. The images on my mobile phone were taken with the women’s consent. I met them through social media. I did not force anyone to do anything. I gave money to the women in the images.
“By making these videos, I wanted to become an internet phenomenon and earn money. However, the images I filmed were not uploaded because they were deemed inappropriate on social media. Therefore, I just kept the videos on my phone. I did not think that there was a crime here because the women consented.”
The investigation continues.