17 caught for secretly filming women on beaches
Seventeen people were caught secretly photographing or filming women at holiday destinations or in Seoul’s metro system during the two-month vacation season, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said, Monday.
Together with police, the ministry conducted an intensive crackdown on spycams and other illegal filming activities at three beaches and at subway stations in Seoul from July to August.
On the beaches, 12 were caught taking photos or filming women in swimsuits on the beaches or near bathhouses. They told police that they intended to look at the photos and watch the video clips alone at home.
Five of them were booked as the photos were considered too explicit, while the remaining seven were given verbal warnings.
The five people caught at subway stations allegedly took photos or filmed women, who were wearing shorts or short skirts, while they were walking up stairs or sitting on the opposite seat on the subway. The police booked and are investigating them.
“A couple of those caught were foreign nationals. We will cooperate with relevant organizations to let foreigners here know illegal filming can constitute a sex offence and the violators could be subject to jail sentences,” the ministry said in a statement.