South Korean police have arrested two men for using illegal spy cameras at motels to film and livestream videos of about 1,600 guests.
A police source said on Wednesday that the two had raked in about 7 million won (6,200 Dollars) over the past three months.
The arrested men, and two other people, had posed as motel guests to secretly install the cameras, obtained online from overseas, in forty-two rooms at thirty establishments around the country since August, police said.
The footage from the cameras, hidden in television boxes, sockets and hair dryer holders, was broadcast live on a website.
“It was the first case we caught where videos were broadcast live online,” a statement released by the police said.
Last year, more than 6,600 cases of illicit filming were reported to police, or about a fifth of all sexual abuse cases investigated, up from 3.6 percent in 2008.
In 2018, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of the capital Seoul to protest against illicit videos and other forms of sexual abuse and violence. They also demanded stricter punishment for perpetrators.
The law was amended last November to toughen penalties not only for illegal filming but also distributing images without consent. Conviction could bring jail terms of up to five years or fines of up to 30 million won.
Illicit filming has surged in South Korea with growing use of mobile devices.
Its pop music industry is reeling from a scandal over a celebrity’s sharing of videos he took secretly while having sex.