From a legal point of view, sexual bribery is a harassment in the form of providing something in exchange of a sexual act or relationship. A sexual bribe can be asked by either employers or superiors in the workplace, by public servants or officials, or by offenders of the law. Ultimately, like any form of bribe, these people aim to come out in a more favorable position than the one they are currently at. However, instead of using money, sexual favors are use due to either preference or lack of any other means to improve their welfare.
In the Workplace
Sexual favors are usually asked in the workplace by managers or owners of an employee’s company. Common forms of (subtle or explicit) solicitation for such favors are usually made either for exchange of a raise or a promotion, or under threat of punishment or termination of employment. Aside from these, sexual favors are also known to be coerced under the threat of negative performance reports, and unlawful passing over or withholding of promotion or raise. Given how this could dramatically affect the financial or economic well-being of a person, acting out these sexual favors are seen as more favorable than foregoing better income or position, or undergoing a bad record or termination of their jobs.
In the Government
Another way of bribing with sex is providing it through a third party. Criminals and businessmen in China are providing public officials with the services of prostitutes instead of cash or gifts in exchange for favors. This is done as officials who accept bribes that are in the form of gifts or money can be punished with harsh penalties and even with death. But, sexual favors are not covered by the law and this loophole is the one being abused by those who seek favors from government officials.
There was even a case of a provincial official who accepted sexual favors from a young woman. In exchange, he appointed the woman as the new head of the representative office in Hong Kong for China’s provincial government.
In Law Enforcement
In this situation, the offer or request for a social favor could come from either the person in authority or the one under threat of punishment. The person in authority could request for a sexual favor in exchange for letting the other party forego punishment or certified for a certain government requirement. This is how a federal immigration officer from New York found himself sentenced for a year and a half to four years of jail time. He was found guilty of soliciting sex in exchange for a green card from a 22-year-old woman from Colombia.
In cases of sexual bribery in the educational system, offenders often solicit sexual favors in exchange of better grades from those who are either in danger of failing a subject or not making the cut for an award. One example of such offense is Michael Ngilangwa, a teacher from a secondary school in Tanzania. He was sentenced in June 2011 to either pay a fine or a term of imprisonment as punishment for soliciting sexual favors from a student in exchange for better exam results.
On the Internet
Internet cases of sex bribery are often done via blackmail. A fake social media account of the offender would lure individuals to revealing compromising and private information. Then, the suspect would threaten these individuals into revealing or publishing their conversation if they do not send him or her nude photos or videos. This was how Christopher Patrick Gunn of Montgomery, Alabama was able to extort nude videos and pictures from underage girls. Many milf sex apps have been unfortunately used in this manner. Members will ask for milf pics of their pussy and then get caught in a sexting blackmail scheme.
Sexual favors are just another form of currency to get people what they want in a situation. It could be either to gain or avoid something. Either way, asking for or bribing someone with sexual favors corrupts the system. Because of this, this is punishable in the same way bribing someone with gifts or money.
To avoid getting yourself in a situation wherein you could be blackmailed into giving sexual favors, it is best to take preventive measures like protecting your personal information and avoiding the taking of photos and videos that could besmirch your reputation. Furthermore, it is best to record in any possible manner conversations that ask or coerce you of such bribes. In this way, you can provide evidence to authorities for any charges filed.