1,600 Motel Guests Were Secretly Streamed Live
South Korea has arrested four men accused of online streaming of the “intimate private activities” of 1600 hotel rooms.
The men allegedly installed mini cameras in TVs, hair-dryer holders, and sockets, to record all the private activities which were sold on online platforms for up to $6,200.
If the allegations proved right, then they could face jail up to 10 years and a 30m won ($26,571; £20,175) fine.
The men created a website in November, where they allowed users to pay for full videos or watch 30-second clips for free. They reportedly posted 803 videos and earned money from 97 paying members before the website was taken down.
“The police agency strictly deals with criminals who post and share illegal videos as they severely harm human dignity,” a spokesman for the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency told the local newspaper the Korea Herald.
The recent incident has sparked a nationwide protest against the filming of sex and nudity as the number of such incidences have increased many folds.
“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,” police said.