Founder of South Korean ‘spycam’ porn site jailed
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.