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a young woman (age 26) previously worked as an "escort," befriends

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a young woman (age 26) previously worked as an "escort," befriends an older man (age 68). The man begins financially supporting the woman . The man receives nothing in return.
So far it goes on during an 8 month period total moneys $45000.00. The man has told the
woman many Times that if she ever went back to the escort service, it would virtually
kill him. The woman never applys herself to try obtaining legitiment employment. The man begins to run out of money. the woman tells him that he ever begins to reduce her support , she will go back to the escort business . The man begins to borrow money to
meet her demands. his loan money is running out and the woman continutes her threats
Does the crime of extortion exist here?


Thank you for the information and your question. No, unfortunately, what you described, although manipulative, would not be considered a crime, including extortion. I have provided the Virginia extortion statute below for your review.

Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.

§ 18.2-59. Extortion of money, property or pecuniary benefit.

Any person who (i) threatens injury to the character, person, or property of another person, (ii) accuses him of any offense, (iii) threatens to report him as being illegally present in the United States, or (iv) knowingly destroys, conceals, removes, confiscates, withholds or threatens to withhold, or possesses any actual or purported passport or other immigration document, or any other actual or purported government identification document, of another person, and thereby extorts money, property, or pecuniary benefit or any note, bond, or other evidence of debt from him or any other person, is guilty of a Class 5 felony.

For the purposes of this section, injury to property includes the sale, distribution, or release of identifying information defined in clauses (iii) through (xii) of subsection C of § 18.2-186.3, but does not include the distribution or release of such information by a person who does so with the intent to obtain money, property or a pecuniary benefit to which he reasonably believes he is lawfully entitled.

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