Founder of South Korean ‘spy­cam’ porn site jailed

Global Times - - 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 1 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 “se­ri­ously dam­aged and dis­torted peo­ple’s univer­sal dig­nity and value,” said a court state­ment.

Song had lived as a fugi­tive in New Zealand for years but was ar­rested in June when she re­turned to Seoul af­ter au­thor­i­ties an­nulled her pass­port.

“Spy­cam” crimes re­ported to South Korean po­lice surged from around 1,100 in 2010 to more than 6,500 in 2017, with many of the videos shared or sold on­line.

De­spite South Korea’s ban on pornog­ra­phy, many videos are widely con­sumed on servers based in for­eign coun­tries, or se­cretly down­loaded on file­shar­ing sites.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.