Hundreds secretly filmed and streamed online in South Korea hotel

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Investigation is ongoing to break the network of people who have for some time now been involved in the illegal filming and streaming of guest “activities” in hotel rooms in South Korea

Around 1,600 people have been secretly filmed in hotel rooms in South Korea, with the footage live-streamed online for paying customers to watch, police said.

According to CNN, two men have been arrested and another pair investigated in connection with the scandal, which involved 42 rooms in 30 hotels in 10 cities around the country. Police said there was no indication the hotels were complicit in the scheme.

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The ongoing investigations reveal that hidden cameras were placed inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders. The feeds were streamed online to a viewing audience, the Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency said in a statement.

The site, the same report holds, had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to repay certain live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upwards of $6,000.

“There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were installed in (hotels) 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.

This is not the first time South Korea has come to the limelight because of camera spying issues. In 2017, more than 6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to police and 2,400 in 2012.

The practice forced thousands of women to take to the streets of Seoul and other cities to protest demanding action. Their message; “My Life is Not Your Porn.”

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AMOS FOFUNG Nkunchoh is a multi-talented journalist with an intrinsic passion for investigative, politics and conflict reporting. He's based in the U. S.A.

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