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South Korea Two arrested for filming and live streaming over 800 couples in motels

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The cameras were used to stream what was happening in each room, with footage available to view on a website which had over 4,000 members.

Almost 1,600 people were secretly recorded in South Korean motel rooms and live-streamed online for paying customers to watch in an unsettling, widespread scandal.

"It was the first case we caught where videos were broadcast live online", police said in a statement.

The hyper-wired South has been battling the increasingly widespread proliferation of so-called "molka", or spycam videos, which largely involve men secretly filming women in schools and toilets, among other places. Those members could pay $44.95 per month for "extra features" and 97 members are thought to have paid.

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The Korean Herald reported that since launching in November, the site sold monthly subscriptions, raking in more than $6,000.

Four men have been arrested after officers discovered hidden cameras in plug sockets, hairdryer holders and TV boxes in 30 hotels across 10 cities - though the names of the establishments have not been revealed.

He was later questioned by police, who on March 18 said they were seeking an arrest warrant for him.

More than 5,400 people were arrested for spy camera related crimes in 2017. Under local law, they face up to five years in jail and substantial fines.

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South Korea is now undergoing a spate of illicit online filming, with 6,400 cases being reported to police in 2017, compared to around 2,400 five years earlier.

The troubling scheme is the latest case in South Korea's so-called "spy cam epidemic".

Thousands of women have previously protested against the raging illegal filming issue in South Korea, raising slogans like "My Life is Not Your Porn", to demand action from the authorities.

The hotel spy camera case comes not too long after several K-Pop stars stepped down from show biz after admitting to filming and distributing illegal videos of a sexual nature without consent or watching those videos.

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