South Korea Porn: Co-founder Of The Soranet Site Jailed

Porn creation and spreading are banned in South Korea, in an attempt to create a healthier society. It is not a crime to access foreign websites and watch porn filmed by foreign studious, but it seems that Korean porn producers would want their money source back. So some criminals end up making secret videos of strangers, mostly women and then upload them to the Internet. Such videos are made with the help of voyeur cams hidden in public places, even like toilets and locker rooms.

However, one of the most notorious cases is the well-known Soranet website. It existed from 1999 to 2015 and eventually was banned only due to public outcry. The website had about a million active users, and it contained thousands of different videos. The videos were made illegally, by maintaining hidden cameras in unexpected places. Part of the videos was revenge porn, meaning that the couple made their own home videos, but after the couple broke up, one of the partners (and these are usually males) uploaded the movie featuring other partner having sex or engaged in other similar activities like having a bath.

In addition to being totally illegal and straightforward sick, such movies became the cause why several women committed suicide after they found out about being featured on a porn platform. One of the alarming trends in this case – topping on the fact that the whole case is super-alarming – is the fact that the majority of victims of this revenge porn and voyeur cams are women. Men almost do not appear in the videos.

According to the investigation, there were four creators of the Soranet website, and they earned millions of dollars selling this illegal content. However, three of four had foreign passports and therefore they are hiding somewhere still. Only one of the people behind this project was caught. At the same time, the police are still trying to find the rest of the criminals and punish them according to the law.

The woman by the surname Song has fled to New Zealand in 2015 when the authorities started to investigate the case with Soranet. However, when her documents expired, she was forced to come back to South Korea. She claims that she was not a co-founder and only her husband and the other couple were working on the website. However, this does not evoke trust from the government and society, and Song was jailed for four years, at least for now.

The woman was also fined for $1.25 million and has to receive 80 hours of training on violence prevention. Her fellow criminals are still being searched for. It is unclear what punishment will be decided on after they are caught because the loud case with Soranet caused huge street protests on the part of the public. The society is concerned about more and more women becoming the victims of spy camming and revenge porn cases. South Korea is expected to make the punishment for these types of a crime even more severe.

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