Police crack down on sex crimes amid rampant hidden camera offenses

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Police crack down on sex crimes amid rampant hidden camera offenses

By Lee Kyung-min

Police said Sunday they have been conducting an intensive crackdown against sex crimes that will continue through August.

A special team, comprised of 1,261 police officers, was dispatched to 62 beaches and 28 mountain valleys nationwide July 1.

The measure reflects the sharp increase of such crimes during summer _ almost a third of sex crimes committed annually occur between July and September, police said.

Crimes involving the filming of body parts of women are also rising.

According to data from the National Police Agency, of all sex crimes, only 517 cases involved such filming in 2006, accounting for only 3.6 percent of the total. However, the number increased to 7,730 or 24.9 percent in 2015.

Police said it has purchased 87 hidden camera detectors to help catch perpetrators. A 1 million-won ($888) reward is given to those who help police locate offenders engaged in illegal filming.

Police said women should be aware of people who frequently put their hands on their glasses, hats, wrist watches, pens, neckties, or small screws attached to any accessories while watching them, as they could be adjusting a hidden camera.

Meanwhile, the fear of being photographed or filmed by hidden cameras has been growing. In 2015, video footage showing the naked bodies of more than 100 women in a water park shower room went viral. A growing number of complaints are filed with police over the posting of photos or footage of sexual intercourse, widely known as "revenge porn," posted mostly by scorned men following a bad breakup.

Under the law, taking or distributing photos using a hidden camera is a crime subject to up to a five-year prison term or a fine of up to 10 million won.

Those who use such photos for commercial purposes face harsher punishment _ up to a seven-year prison term or a fine of up to 30 million won.

By Lee Kyung-min

Police said Sunday they have been conducting an intensive crackdown against sex crimes that will continue through August.

A special team, comprised of 1,261 police officers, was dispatched to 62 beaches and 28 mountain valleys nationwide July 1.

The measure reflects the sharp increase of such crimes during summer _ almost a third of sex crimes committed annually occur between July and September, police said.

Crimes involving the filming of body parts of women are also rising.

According to data from the National Police Agency, of all sex crimes, only 517 cases involved such filming in 2006, accounting for only 3.6 percent of the total. However, the number increased to 7,730 or 24.9 percent in 2015.

Police said it has purchased 87 hidden camera detectors to help catch perpetrators. A 1 million-won ($888) reward is given to those who help police locate offenders engaged in illegal filming.

Police said women should be aware of people who frequently put their hands on their glasses, hats, wrist watches, pens, neckties, or small screws attached to any accessories while watching them, as they could be adjusting a hidden camera.

Meanwhile, the fear of being photographed or filmed by hidden cameras has been growing. In 2015, video footage showing the naked bodies of more than 100 women in a water park shower room went viral. A growing number of complaints are filed with police over the posting of photos or footage of sexual intercourse, widely known as "revenge porn," posted mostly by scorned men following a bad breakup.

Under the law, taking or distributing photos using a hidden camera is a crime subject to up to a five-year prison term or a fine of up to 10 million won.

Those who use such photos for commercial purposes face harsher punishment _ up to a seven-year prison term or a fine of up to 30 million won.

Lee Kyung-min lkm@koreatimes.co.kr


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