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The term blackmail” encompasses threats made by private persons

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"The term “blackmail” encompasses threats...
"The term “blackmail” encompasses threats made by private persons to gain anything of value. And generally, a “thing of value” is broadly defined--it includes not only money and property, but also sexual favors"

Does a "thing of value," indeed, include sexual favors?
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The definition depends on both civil and criminal nature of the matter and the jurisdiction; what state is this in, please?



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Michigan
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Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX this for a criminal or civil matter?
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
pardon the delay.

I assume this would be criminal in nature.
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Thank you for your question.

 

Are you asking just in a general sense? Or did you want to know how a particular state defines blackmail/extortion, as each state is likely to have a slightly different interpretation of blackmail.

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There is actually no MI case directly stating that sex is a thing of value, but the forcing of someone to have sex against their will through threats or intimidation is at the very least considered rape. It is also arguably blackmail because the courts have said it is not necessarily something of monetary value that constitutes a thing of value, it can have some other type of value.


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