South Korea police accuse 4 of secretly filming hotel guests

Bessie Dean
March 22, 2019

Speaking to the BBC, Korean police said the men set up a 1-millimeter lens cameras last August in 30 separate hotels across 10 South Korean cities.

A pair of creeps were arrested Wednesday in a "spy camera" scheme that recorded 1,600 hotel guests across South Korea - and live-streamed the footage to online subscribers.

Spy cameras are said to be an ongoing issue in South Korea but authorities say the case marks the first time they've seen videos that were broadcast live.

Secret cameras are a big problem in South Korea and one the authorities are keen to thwart. The members of the private site paid a monthly fee to access videos. In fact, the site earned $6,800 (RM27,600) between November 2018 and March 2019, NBC News reported.

The recording devices- which were hidden inside digital TV boxes, hairdryer holsters, and other wall sockets- streamed the footage to an online platform available to more than 4,000 paying customers, the Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency said in a statement.

The police said there was no evidence that the hotel owners were aware that their guests were being filmed, reported The Guardian.

The footage was being live-streamed to thousands of viewers. Credit Pixabay
The footage was being live-streamed to thousands of viewers. Credit Pixabay

Last year, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Seoul and other cities to protest against the practice and demand action, under the slogan "My Life is Not Your Porn".

South Korea is now undergoing a spate of illicit online filming, with 6,400 cases being reported to police in 2017, compared to around 2,400 five years earlier. Those running the website, if found guilty, could face up to five years in prison.

The arrested pair may also be joined by another couple of people who are being investigated.

South Korea is battling an epidemic of molka - illegally filmed videos of a sexual nature that target women in public places such as toilets and changing rooms, but also in their own homes.

In response to the live streaming case, a woman from Uruguay tweeted: "Now I won't feel safe, literally anywhere" in South Korea.

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