Online marketplaces are booming. Thanks to the proliferation of online shopping platforms over the past decade or so, it’s never been easier to shed your tat and make a bit of extra cash online. Depop has been at the forefront of this trend since its launch in 2011, with upwards of 21 million users all logging on to buy and sell original or second-hand items.
As with any app or online platform with Depop’s level of popularity, there’s bound to be a few bad eggs. At least on Twitter or Instagram, weirdos, edgelords and perverts are a bit more apparent. (Do your thing, @Simon45678, I’ll just block you!) But on Depop something much more covert and insidious is occurring: ‘fetish mining’.
Fetish mining is the act of soliciting photographs or other content from people under false pretences for the purposes of sexual gratification. On Depop and other online platforms – like Poshmark or Vinted – inquirers will typically pose …