The US immigration officer told a young Colombian woman that he wanted sex, once or twice, and in return would give her a green card, the coveted document that would allow her to live and work in the US permanently.
What he did not know was that the conversation was recorded on a digital camera in her pocket and used as evidence in a case of “sextortion”, a form of corruption that involves officials abusing their power to obtain a sexual favour.
“Sextortion is very widespread, but it is one of the hardest-to-prove forms of corruption,” said Nancy Hendry, senior adviser at the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), which coined the term in its quest to stop the abusive practice.
Statistics are hard to come by but Interpol says reports indicate that sextortion is a growing problem with hundreds of thousands of victims around the world.
Prosecutors often have hard evidence and anti-corruption