By Cristina Criddle
Technology reporter

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Women selling clothes online are being sent explicit messages, with requests for sex and "worn" garments.

Both businesses and private individuals have experienced the problem when advertising on mainstream platforms.

Women have been sent '"creepy" messages on Facebook, Instagram, eBay, and Depop, the BBC has learned.

Some were asked for additional items including worn tights, explicit photos and used underwear.

When inappropriate profiles were blocked or reported, some would reappear with a different account, sources told the BBC.

"During lockdown, the messages have gotten really creepy," said Sara Faye, who has sold her clothes on Depop for years.

"They always want to know how many times it has been worn and if it is dirty."

Ms Faye used to post images of herself in the clothes on the platforms but has now stopped because of the messages.