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South Korea spycam scandal: 1,500 hotel guests secretly filmed and streamed live on the internet

South Korea spycam scandal: 1,500 hotel guests secretly filmed and streamed live on the internet

South Korea is known for the fighting against the live stream porno, the recent scandal impressed with its scale, BBC reported. At least 1,500 hotel guests have found that the spy cameras were filming them, then streamed live on the internet.

South Korean hotel guests confess that it is disgusting to be unwitting performers for a community of online perverts in rooms carefully rigged with tiny cameras hidden in everyday objects. Last year, the spy camera problem has led police in Seoul to launch a special squad of female inspectors who regularly visit the city’s public toilets looking for spy cameras. As a rule, women are the most often victims of such secretly taken films.

This week, Seoul police arrested two men suspected of hooking up 42 rooms in 30 hotels to an online community of 4,099 members, 97 of whom paid for the streaming service. Two other South Korean male citizens have assisted by installing the cameras, they also will be investigated.

‘Korean porn’ becomes a huge business

Police said that the problem of so-called ‘Korean porn’ is getting stronger, more than 800 illegally filmed videos had been streamed over the months the hotel rooms and site had been operational. Owners of such business make really big money, for instance, the suspects netted 7 million Korean won (about $5,500) from broadcasting the intimate moments of guests’ lives using innocuous household objects. The cameras were installed almost everywhere, even in hairdryers and TV sets, the investigators said.

The illegal voyeurism is nothing new, but South Korea faced another, fundamental, problem – depriving the person of his or her right for the private life, say the lawyers. The case reflects the country’s growing cultural problem of voyeurism.