As CNN reports, South Korean police released details this week of two men they had arrested in conjunction with illegally installed cameras in motel rooms and an associated premium live streaming service.
More than 800 South Korean couples were live streamed having sex in love motels, Seoul police said Thursday in one of the largest-scale and most intrusive examples yet of the country's spycam epidemic.
About 1,600 people have been secretly filmed in hotel rooms in South Korea, with the footage live-streamed online for paying customers to watch, police said Wednesday.
The other two were allegedly involved in buying the spy cameras or funding the internet site's operation, according to police.
The spy camera problem has led police in Seoul to launch a special squad of female inspectors who regularly visit the city's public toilets looking for spy cameras.
Authorities discovered the hidden cameras inside TV boxes, wall outlets and hair dryer stands in 42 hotel rooms, the National Police Agency said in a statement obtained by CNN.
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The police have until now stated that is no indication that the hotels were complicit in the scandal.
The illicit footage was allegedly streamed on a site for members, nearly a hundred of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to "access extra features, such as the ability to replay certain live streams", CNN reported.
Singer Jung Joon-young, who has been accused of filming 10 women in sex acts and sharing the videos, was arrested on Thursday (March 21) at 8.45pm KST (7.45pm Singapore time), according to South Korean media.
If convicted, the suspects could face up to five years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
The men reportedly posted 803 videos and evaded the law by basing the website server overseas, the BBC reported.