Hundreds of couples livestreamed in S Korean motels

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A hidden spycam ring in South Korea allegedly secretly filmed 1600 hotel room guests and live-streamed the footage online. The paper adds that, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency's cyber investigation unit, the scheme reached 30 different motels in 10 cities across the country.

Notably, this is not the first case of hidden cameras found in hotels or Airbnbs - although the scale of this effort and the paid customer element really drives up the ick factor.

Two people were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the case, the Korea Herald reported.

The scandal has caused uproar in South Korea where women are increasingly speaking out against what they describe as a culture of misogyny and the rampant spread of intimate photos and videos taken by hidden cameras, which they say have women living in constant anxiety and distress.

More than 800 illegally filmed videos had been streamed over the months the rooms and site had been operational.

In South Korea, small hotels of the type involved in this case are generally referred to as motels or inns.

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The group behind the site raked in about $6,200 from paying subscribers, police said. The footage was sent to a site where more than 4,000 members paid $44.95 to watch.

Spy cams are reportedly a big problem in South Korea, where more than 6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to authorities in 2017, nearly three times the amount reported five years earlier.

If convicted, the two main culprits could each face up to seven years in prison, according to police.

"Women [in South Korea] have come to fear that cameras could be anywhere: perched inside the toilet bowl of a public restroom, disguised as a smoke detector in a shop's fitting room, even rolled into a plastic bag at the lip of a trash can", the Times wrote.

Last year, thousands of women rallied in Seoul demanding stronger government measures against the spread of such videos.

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