Illegally obtained footage of over 1,600 hotel guests livestreamed online in South Korea

Jun Ko, March 20, 2019, 5:52 p.m.


On March 20th, police announced that around 1,600 people have been secretly filmed in their hotel rooms in South Korea; the illegally obtained footage was livestreamed online for paying customers to watch. The scandal involved these cameras within 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities; the cameras were reported to be hidden within digital TVs, wall sockets, and hairdryer holders. 

The site (that hosted the livestreams) recorded more than 4,000 members; 97 members of those 4,000 paid a monthly fee of $44.95 for extra features, like the ability to replay certain livestreams. It brought in a profit of $6,000 since November 2018. So far, two males have been arrested while another pair is currently undergoing investigation. 

With the cases of illegal filming rising from 2,400 (in 2012) to more than 6,400 (in 2017), South Korea's problem of spy cameras and illegal filming is continuously being on the rise. In 2018, women protested against the growing practice by marching in the streets of various cities with the slogan 'My Life Is Not Your Porn'. 

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