5:04 pm - 08/07/2018

Public Toilets To Be Monitored To Crack Down On Spycam Porn

Public bathrooms in all transportation hubs in South Korea, including airports, bus terminals, metro and train stations, will be regularly monitored as a measure to better deal with secret cameras installed in public toilets, as well as spy cam pornography that has been prevalent in the cyberspace in the country, its government announced Sunday.

Spycam pornography, locally known as “molka,” generally refers to secretly produced, sexually exploitive videos or pictures of women in public spaces, such as restrooms and subways, among others. Such contents have also been created and shared online by victims’ ex-boyfriends, typically in retaliation with the intent to damage the women's future job and marriage prospects.

The announcement follows on the heels of the fourth edition of ongoing women’s rights rallies against spycam pornography, which was held near the presidential office in central Seoul on Saturday. According to organizers, some 70,000 people participated in the rally this weekend -- about 10,000 more than the previous held last month -- in spite of a scorching heat wave that has gripped the country. Since its first edition in May, the demonstrations have been recorded as the biggest women’s movement in South Korean history.

Some of the famous signs that protesters held during the rally include “my life is not your porn” and “angry women change the world.” The protesters claim that many Korean women feel unsafe using public bathrooms, fearing they may be filmed and the footage may spread online without their knowledge. Once entering a bathroom stall, checking for peepholes that may contain secret lenses -- and stuffing tissues inside if there indeed are holes -- has become common practice among Korean women, they say.

The new measures were introduced as government data showed 24 percent of all spycam-related crimes so far have taken place at transportation sites -- including public restrooms in crowded metro stations, highway rest areas and airports, among others. The data also showed that the number of reported crimes involving secret cameras has been significantly increasing since the early 2010s, from 2,400 in 2012 to 6,465 last year.

While almost all of the victims of such crimes in the country have been women, some of the male perpetrators who have committed such offenses include a pastor running a large church in North Chungcheong Province and a judge whose father was a lawmaker with the main opposition Korea Liberty Party.

The new government measure requires all Koreans who operate transportation sites to establish a special team to monitor the property, including public restrooms, to inspect for secretly installed cameras at least once a day. Those who do not comply will be subject to fines, they added. A public bathroom that has been monitored and regulated well and consistently for a significant amount of time will be designated a “clean zone.”

The government is also installing educational posters -- indicating “Illicit filming of others is a crime. So is watching the footage online” -- in some 1,000 institutions for women’s and children’s rights, as well as 254 police stations nationwide.

We are trying to emphasize that it is also illegal to download and watch such contents online, on top of filming and posting the so-called ‘spycam porn,’” said an official from the Gender Equality Ministry.

While there is no doubt that the mass women’s rights rally has been the major driving force behind the changes, recent research showed that only about 50 percent of Korean women and 20 percent of Korean men endorse the cause.

The study by the Korea Press Foundation, which surveyed some 1,000 Korean men and women aged 20-59, found that 72.5 percent of those who did not support the rally think the protest may in fact make more Koreans think negatively of feminism.

At the same time, 17.1 percent said Korean women do not experience gender-based violence and discrimination to an extent that they need to hold a mass rally.

The particular mass rally has been a subject of debate as some participants have made controversial remarks against men during its previous editions. They were later accused by the rally’s critics of openly committing hate speech. Among other public figures, Gender Minister Chung Hyun-back has been criticized for publicly endorsing the mass rally in spite of existing controversies in the past.

Source: Korea Herald
goshipgurl 7th-Aug-2018 09:44 pm (UTC)
some dudes really get off by watching women pee and poop? disgusting

i regularly use public restrooms because i have an overactive bladder and i have never thought that someone might film me. maybe i should change that.

Edited at 2018-08-07 09:46 pm (UTC)
nekobot 7th-Aug-2018 10:54 pm (UTC)
It's not so much that they get off on that specifically, because there must be tons of people willing to produce content like that for money with their consent and there is no need for a "secret" footage market if that was their thing. They get off on ruining women. The humiliation, the fact that it's done behind their backs without their consent, that's why they do it (and that's also why preventative measures aren't enough - men need to start facing dire consequences when they're caught participating in what is really mass scale terrorism aimed at women) - being filmed on the toilet is just as far as they can take it as it would cause maximum embarrassment for the victim if she found out people were watching her like that.

Also yeah it sucks so much being hyper vigilant after hearing about all of this :/ It feels like there's nothing you can do when the aim isn't just to catch a peep at specific body parts, but specifically to make you feel violated.
goshipgurl 8th-Aug-2018 12:32 am (UTC)
yeah thats also true, men like being in control over women, seeing them suffer makes them feel good. but don't dare to call them out on their bs, the excuses they come up with... i cant rme enough whenever i hear them speak
nekobot 9th-Aug-2018 01:02 am (UTC)
The connection for men between humiliation/pain/control and sexual arousal is so terrifying to me. Schadenfreude is already pretty sick but this is on another level. I don't doubt porn has a large part in it but I really wonder if it has always been on a comparable scale the way it is now or if it's a recent epidemic because it's terrifying to think so many men have secretly feel like this for ages and we just didn't know.

And yeah can already see them jumping in to save eachother if this ever results in real consequences. "Dude was only downloading this, it's not like he made the videos!" "He was young, he should be allowed to make mistakes!" "Someone opened the door while I was taking a dump once you don't see me trying to ruin their lives!"
goshipgurl 9th-Aug-2018 01:22 am (UTC)
Porn being available for free 24/7 to anyone having a internet connection definitely played a big part in this. Just look at all the "spy cam" or "secret casting" videos.
nekobot 9th-Aug-2018 01:40 am (UTC)
Yeah it's sick that all the video trends are leaning towards coercive and lack of consent. And even if that's what they liked (not that I'd endorse it), rule 32 has been a thing since before high speed internet was even commonplace, they're not "lacking" for this type of stuff at all in the consensual realm of footage. Any action you can think of someone is willing to act it out any way you like and record it for you as a normal transaction service, but they're taking it to a place where it's not even about sex anymore and it's almost more similar to snuff films than it is to porn.
pearlychoco 7th-Aug-2018 11:11 pm (UTC)
some dudes really get off by watching women pee and poop? disgusting

unfortunately. also, (i can't speak for all women regarding this) guys would put a cam under the toilet to see if a woman is .. what's the word i'm looking for .. masturbating at the washroom? they would get turned on by it and it's just wrong
goshipgurl 8th-Aug-2018 12:33 am (UTC)
wtf????? toilets really are the least sexiest place i can think off.
mjspice 8th-Aug-2018 07:22 pm (UTC)
jfc
jyushimatsu 8th-Aug-2018 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, there are people into that. If they're gonna film it, I would at least have it be consensual...
jasmineakaiumi 8th-Aug-2018 03:20 am (UTC)
the people at the end of the article that don't support the rally are fucking stupid.
this whole thing boils my blood.
modestgoddess79 8th-Aug-2018 03:34 pm (UTC)
men get off on the lack of consent, glad the police are cracking down on this
nekobot 9th-Aug-2018 01:03 am (UTC)
The fact that our fear and unwillingness is an actual turn-on and motivator is one of the most terrifying things about men really

Edited at 2018-08-09 01:04 am (UTC)
love_keiko 9th-Aug-2018 04:26 am (UTC)
seriously tho, that's next level
mjspice 8th-Aug-2018 07:22 pm (UTC)
Wtttttttf? I guess my paranoia of using public bathrooms is justified D:
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