Closed Circuit Television Cameras or CCTVs have become a necessity these days because of the rampant crimes occurring just about anywhere. Its help in solving these crimes is quite significant which is why business establishments and even private homes opt to install one in their vicinity.
For security purposes, the CCTV and other hidden cameras are indeed useful. However, as they say, any good thing used in a bad way creates yet another problem. Just like in this case of “secret filming” in South Korea.
In a report by CNN, about 1,600 people have been secretly filmed in motel rooms in South Korea, with the footage live-streamed online for paying customers to watch.
Two men have been arrested and another pair investigated in connection with the scandal, which involved 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities around the country. Police said there was no indication the businesses were complicit in the scheme.
Surprisingly, the cameras were hidden in places no one can suspect like inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets, and hairdryer holders and the footage was streamed online. The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certain live streams. Between November 2018 and March 2019, police said, the service brought in upward of $6,000.
“There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet,” police said.
This has now turned into a serious problem in South Korea. Records show that in 2017, more than 6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to police, compared to around 2,400 in 2012. Last year, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Seoul and other cities to protest against the practice and demand action, under the slogan “My Life is Not Your Porn.”
Because of this alarming issue, Seoul launched a special squad of women inspectors who have been conducting regular inspections of the city’s 20,000 or so public toilets to search for spy cameras, though some critics have denounced the move as a superficial response to a societal issue.
Good thing that their efforts are slowly gaining positive results. In fact, in January, the co-owner of a South Korean revenge porn site was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $1.26 million. Soranet, which was shut down last year, was a popular site for uploading videos and photos taken using hidden and upskirt cameras.
Ladies, may this be a warning to each of you to always be vigilant of your surroundings. After all, it is better to be cautious now than suffer in the end.