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Tainan, Oct. 14 (CNA) A Taipei man posing as a modeling agent on social media has been arrested for allegedly soliciting more than 100 underage girls and women to take lewd videos of themselves for his personal gratification, Tainan police said on Friday.

The suspect in his 40s, identified only by his surname Chang (張), was arrested in Taipei in August, the Tainan City Police Department’s 5th District told CNA.

Officers seized computer hard drives containing videos of more than 100 different victims, ranging in age from 10 to 70, the office said.

The case first came to light in March, when one of the man’s victims in Tainan reported the matter to local authorities.

Using fake profile pictures on Facebook, Instagram and Azar, Chang pretended to be a modeling agent looking for women interested in working for a modeling agency, police said.

In order to lower the guards of girls and women, Chang used an audio synchronizer to sound like a woman during the interviews, which were conducted virtually without him ever showing his face.

Chang told the victims that the video interviews should be conducted naked, claiming that it was easier to create mock-up card templates, while promising an hourly wage of between NT$2,500 (US$78.12) and NT$3,500 if they were lucky enough to be chosen by the modeling agency, police said.

The interviews were also recorded secretly without the subject’s knowledge and Chang then used these recordings to demand that they send him obscene videos or photos of themselves or that he post nude images of them in public. line.

Police say there is no evidence Chang sold or distributed the footage online and the working theory is that his actions, which occurred over a five-year period, were for his own satisfaction.

Meanwhile, police have urged other victims to come forward as only a few of the more than 100 identified women have so far filed charges, while assuring them that their identities will remain confidential.

Chang is currently under investigation for a number of offenses including fraud, invasion of privacy, sexual exploitation of children and youth, coercion and intimidation.

Tainan prosecutors have obtained a court order to detain the suspect while the investigation is ongoing, according to police.