1,600 Hotel Guests Secretly Filmed, Livestreamed in S. Korea

1,600 Hotel Guests Secretly Filmed, Livestreamed in S. Korea

1,600 Hotel Guests Secretly Filmed, Livestreamed in S. Korea

Two men have been arrested and another pair investigated in connection with the scandal, which involved 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities around the country.

He was later questioned by police, who on March 18 said they were seeking an arrest warrant for him. The victims were recorded surreptitiously with tiny cameras strategically hidden in their hotel rooms.

Producing and sharing pornography is illegal in South Korea, but the use of covert filming of sex and nudity has recently caused widespread public outrage.

Thousands of women rallied in Seoul several times previous year, demanding stronger government measures against the spread of such videos.

CNN reports that in 2012, around 2,400 instances of illegal filming were reported to police.

They then livestreamed the footage 24 hours a day to a subscription website with about 4,000 members, hosted on an overseas server.

And of these thousands of viewers, 97 were found to be paying a $44.95 (£34) monthly fee to access extra features, including the ability to replay certain live streams.

The hotel spy camera case comes not too long after several K-Pop stars stepped down from show biz after admitting to filming and distributing illegal videos of a sexual nature without consent or watching those videos. It was also reported that Jung Joon Young had been the target of an investigation from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency about hidden camera footage in November 2018.

"The police agency strictly deals with criminals who post and share illegal videos as they severely harm human dignity", the spokesperson said.

"But this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet".

The authorities in Seoul have launched initiatives like a special squad of women inspectors who conduct regular inspections of public washrooms across the city.

More than 5,400 were arrested for spycam-related crimes in South Korea in 2017, but fewer than two percent were jailed.

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