SEOUL, April 2 UPI -- Less than a month after a complicated spy porn scandal took down a K-pop star and his close circle, the South Korean government is cracking down on illegally filmed sex videos shared in social media chat rooms. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family announced Monday it's teaming up with police officers to monitor chat rooms on popular social media platforms in a pilot program that runs through May Seungri lost his contract with the YG management agency last month. Another person in the chatroom, FT Island band member Choi Jong-hoon, is also accused of filming and sharing spy porn.
Nth room case
Seoul Chat Rooms - Wireclub
Earlier this year, the meticulously managed world of K-pop was rocked by scandal. Seungri, a singer in one of the world's most famous boy bands, Big Bang, was questioned by police over allegations he was procuring prostitutes for his business and had embezzled funds at Burning Sun, a nightclub he part-owned in the exclusive Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea. Several of his celebrity K-pop friends were also caught sharing sex videos and bragging in a chat room about raping women. One by one, Korean heartthrobs more used to being mobbed by fans found themselves fending off reporters as they made their way to the police station to face questions from drug-taking to rape. But in recent months an even more shocking picture has emerged of Gangnam, where South Korea's high society live, work and play. The BBC has heard allegations that in its glitzy nightclubs, women have been drugged to order by powerful men and raped, and that underage girls are being sexually exploited for profit. The BBC has sought the voices of those caught up in Seoul's sex scandal.
South Korea is cracking down on digital sex crimes. Has it done enough?
A man accused of leading a group that blackmailed girls into sharing sexual videos - which were then posted in pay-to-view chatrooms - has been named after an outcry in South Korea. A police committee took the unusual step of naming Cho Ju-bin, 24, after five million people signed petitions. He is accused of abuse, threats and coercion, and of violating the child protection act, the privacy act and the sexual abuse act. As reported by Quartz , customers paid to access the so-called "nth rooms", where extorted content from underage girls was uploaded.
These are the core obsessions that drive our newsroom—defining topics of seismic importance to the global economy. Our emails are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. Korean police have identified dozens of victims, including minors, linked to pay-to-view chat rooms operated on chat app Telegram, which distributed videos of middle school girls performing grotesque sexual acts and self harm.