Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Four arrested over South Korea hotel spy camera scandal

Four arrested over South Korea hotel spy camera scandal

The victims were recorded surreptitiously with tiny cameras strategically hidden in their hotel rooms.

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.

More than 6,600 cases of illicit filming were reported to police past year, or about a fifth of all sexual abuse cases investigated, up from 3.6 per cent in 2008, prosecutors have said.

The suspects nabbed in the disturbing scheme are accused of hiding mini cameras in TV sets, wall sockets and hairdyer holders in dozens of rooms at 30 hotels located in 10 South Korean cities, between November 24 and March 2, the Korea Herald reported.

More than 5,400 people were arrested for spycam-related crimes in South Korea in 2017, but fewer than 2% were jailed.

Police Find Pinhole Cameras in 30 Hotels Secretly Filming Guests & Live Streaming- WORLD OF BUZZ
Source CNN

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. Do be extra cautious when you're checking in hotels in South Korea!

In South Korea, small hotels of the type involved in this case are generally referred to as motels or inns.

Actually, South Korea is notorious for its problem with spy cameras and illegal filming and just a year ago, tens of thousands of women organised a protest in South Korea against these perverts while chanting the slogan, "My Life is Not Your Porn".

The illicit activity was discovered in 42 rooms across 31 hotels around the country, reports CNN. The perpetrators, if convicted, could face up to five years in prison and fines amounting to tens of thousands of dollars.

Seoul police pledged a year ago to carry out regular checks of the city's 20,554 public toilets for hidden cameras. Secret cameras, mostly targeting women, have been found in public restrooms, on public transport, and in gyms among other places.

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