July 22, 2019 12:52
Police data show the extent of the hidden-camera epidemic blighting Korean relationships and public spaces after the son of a pharmaceutical tycoon was jailed for two years for secretly filming himself with dozens of women.
The man was convicted of secretly filming girlfriends having a shower or having a sex with him with cameras hidden all over his house. There were 30 victims, and filming was done on several hundred occasions.
The National Police Agency on Sunday said apartments and other private homes are the most common places where hidden-cam crimes took place last year with 798 or 13.5 percent of cases. That is a significant jump from fourth place with 556 in 2017.
Train stations and waiting lounges used to top the list for the opportunities they gave offenders to take upskirt videos or pictures. But they were pushed down to second place with 758 cases, perhaps because victims feel emboldened to call the offenders out.
Subway trains were third with 672 cases, followed by streets with 576.
"We believe there has been a rise in crimes in intimate relationships, rather than crimes targeting random people in public spaces," a police spokesman said.
One out of five secret filmings involved acquaintances. Some 19 percent of offenders last year knew the victims, with 44 percent of those being lovers and 14 percent friends. The proportion of offenders who know the victims has been rising steadily since 2016.
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