Seoul CNN About 1, people have been secretly filmed in motel rooms in South Korea, with the footage live-streamed online for paying customers to watch, police said Wednesday. Editor's note: This story has been updated to note the size of the accommodations involved and that in South Korea small hotels are typically referred to as motels. More Videos Spy cams found in South Korean motel rooms. Rescuers arrive at deadly bus crash site in Indonesia.
When K-pop star Goo Hara, who died last week, was secretly filmed by a boyfriend, she publicly fought for justice. For this, she was viciously attacked online. The sentences for so-called "spy cam porn" are relatively lenient in South Korea, but as the BBC's Laura Bicker in Seoul writes, their victims can face a different kind of punishment. It was around 1am, and she had called her dad yet again after waking in terror from another nightmare. Eun-ju, not her real name, was a victim of South Korea's so called spy camera epidemic.
Goo Hara and the trauma of South Korea's spy cam victims
France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. South Korea is trying to crack down on illicit filming, a major problem in the high-tech nation. Thousands of cases are reported each year. Last month, four men were arrested for secretly filming 1, people in motels across the country.
Four men have been arrested in South Korea, accused of secretly filming 1, hotel room guests and selling the footage via a website. Mini-cameras were installed in TVs, hair-dryer holders and sockets. The covert filming of sex and nudity in South Korea has been described as an epidemic and has sparked protests. Speaking to the BBC, Korean police said the men set up the 1mm lens cameras last August in 30 separate hotels across 10 South Korean cities. In November, a website was then created, allowing users to pay for full videos or watch second clips for free.