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An Oklahoma man who allegedly blackmailed women with nude and sexually explicit photos on his web site has been arrested.  He faces charges in California.

Prosecutors say he ran a "revenge porn" web site.  One organization called End Revenge Porn says there are 2,000 such web sites in operation today.

We're hearing from a victim of revenge porn who never though her explicit pictures would end up online.

When the flames of love burn out, some jilted lovers want revenge.

Have you ever thought about getting back at an ex?  Some scorned ex's are taking revenge to a whole new level.

The web is full of sites where jilted lovers can post images of an ex for all the world to see.

"It was just something I did on the spur of the moment."

This woman, who did not want to be identified, took an intimate picture of herself and shared it with a boyfriend.  When the relationship soured, her ex posted the picture on the Internet.

It was typical "revenge porn."

"In just those few seconds, you've totally ruined somebody's life," she said.

We found dozens of Arizona women on revenge porn sites: a high school cheerleader, single mothers, successful businesswomen -- all burned by their ex.

"They're hurt, they're crying.. it's hard to get anything out of them.. they just want help," said Eric Virgin, a private investigator who gets calls from victims and their families.  "We'll help people where law enforcement can't."

Revenge porn isn't against the law in Arizona, so Eric tries to get revenge porn sites to remove the naked pictures.

"We've gone so far as to finding the owner of the web site and sending them 10, 15, 20 letters a day to their home.  We've had people go to their home and hand deliver couriers.. it's about making it personal so that it's more work to keep it up there than it's worth to not have it up there,' he said.

Eric charges $500 to $1,500, depending on how long it takes.  Until then, a simple Google search and the pictures will pop up.

For those who can't afford a private eye, some sites want $500 to remove a victim's photos, but there's no guarantee they'll be taken down.

"Every time I get one of these calls, it's somebody who is very upset and wants to make these photos go away," said attorney Ruth Carter.

Carter says other than file an expensive lawsuit, there's not much attorneys can do to help.  State lawmakers are considering a bill that would make revenge porn a felony.  That bill has a long way to go.  Until then, Carter has some advice for anyone with a burning desire to send their sweetheart nude photos.

"Never put anything on the Internet that you wouldn't put on the front page of the paper."

Advocates of the new law know the Internet is too big for revenge porn to go away, but they hope new laws will at least slow it down.

One now defunct revenge porn web site called YouGotPosted.com displayed more than 10,000 explicit nude images.  It also posted names, Face book and Twitter accounts.

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