Founder of S Korea porn site jailed

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

THE fe­male co-founder of South Korea’s largest porn site has been jailed fol­low­ing months of mount­ing pub­lic fury over the spread of se­cretly filmed spy­cam pornog­ra­phy.

Tens of thou­sands of women have ral­lied in re­cent months against the grow­ing phe­nom­e­non of spy­cam videos, known in Korean as “molka”, which mostly in­volve men film­ing women with­out their con­sent in toi­lets, chang­ing rooms and in pub­lic.

So­ranet – which had more than a mil­lion users un­til it was shut down in 2016 amid wide­spread out­rage – car­ried thou­sands of such clips among reams of other X-rated con­tent.

Pro­duc­ing and cir­cu­lat­ing all forms of pornog­ra­phy is il­le­gal in South Korea.

The site’s fe­male owner, sur­named Song, was sen­tenced to four years in prison and fined 1.4 bil­lion won ($1.25 mil­lion) on Wednesday for aid­ing and abet­ting the dis­tri­bu­tion of ob­scene ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing sex videos fea­tur­ing mi­nors.

The 45-year-old, who founded So­ranet in 1999 with her hus­band and two oth­ers, “se­ri­ously dam­aged and dis­torted peo­ple’s uni­ver­sal dig­nity and value”, said a court state­ment.

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