Tuesday, 23 April 2019

1600 Hotel Guests In South Korea Secretly Filmed, Live-Streamed

SEOUL: Around 1,600 people have been illegally filmed in their hotel rooms across South Korea and there footage has been live-streamed online as part of a major illegal spy-cam scandal uncovered by the South Korean police, according to a report.

The scandal involves 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities across South Korea, according to CNN report.

Two men have been arrested, while two more are being investigated in connection with the illegal acts.

Cameras were allegedly concealed inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders while the footage was streamed online, according to South Korea’s National Police Agency.

The police have said that this is no indication that the hotels were complicit in the scandal.

Meanwhile, the site – where the footage was streamed live – had more than 4,000 members out of which 97 people paid $44.95 per month to gain access to features like replaying certain footage.

“There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet,” the police said.

Thousands of women have previously protested against the raging illegal filming issue in South Korea, raising slogans like “My Life is Not Your Porn,” to demand action from the authorities. In fact, more than 6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to the police in 2017 alone, as compared to about 2,400 cases in 2012.

The authorities in Seoul have launched initiatives like a special squad of women inspectors who conduct regular inspections of public washrooms across the city. However, the move has been slammed as inadequate and superficial.

The co-owner of a South Korean revenge porn site was sentenced to four years in jail this January, along with a $1.26 million fine.

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