Daily checks on Seoul loos to combat ‘spycam porn’


  • AseanPlus News
  • Tuesday, 04 Sep 2018

SEOUL: Amid anger over “spycam porn”, authorities in Seoul have pledged to conduct daily checks in public toilets, but campaigners called for stronger regulations on hidden cameras commonly used to target women.

The Seoul city government announced that the number of workers tasked to uncover hidden cameras at the city’s 20,554 public toilets would be boosted from 50 to 8,000, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

Campaigners have raised doubts that the latest move will be effective in curbing the crime, arguing that it is more crucial to overhaul both the law on hidden cameras and attitudes toward women.

“What is imperative is to regulate the distribution of spy cameras, rather than what is being planned,” said You Seung-jin, of the Korea Cyber Sexual Violence Response Centre.

Authorities have in recent years struggled to stop perpetrators from using tiny, hidden cameras to film women in public places, or under their clothing. The videos are commonly shared or sold to illicit porn sites.

Tens of thousands of women have taken to the streets in recent months to urge authorities to crack down on the crime, which they say traumatises victims.

You, vice-president of the Seoul-based group that offers legal aid to victims of spycam crimes, said the phenomenon shows the country remains deeply patriarchal despite economic progress over the last few decades. — Reuters

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