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“My life is not your porn”: the Koreans staged a demonstration against “spy cameras”

The most large-scale female protest in the history of South Korea.

Photos of Korean Exposé

At least 22,000 women marched through the streets of Seoul, demonstrating against gender inequality and “spy cameras”, photos and videos from which are increasingly popular in the country.

Such cameras are used in public transport, installed in fitting rooms and in public toilets and showers, and sometimes even attach to shoes to take pictures of what is happening under the skirt of passing girls. The resulting footage falls on porn sites and social networks.

Warning poster on the escalator
Pornography is illegal in South Korea, but the number of sites continues to grow. According to the Korean police, in 2014 daily complaints were received about at least 18 incidents, while it is believed that there are much more real cases.

The authorities are trying to combat this phenomenon: for example, in Seoul, there is a special detachment that searches public toilets for the hidden cameras.

Dissatisfaction with the position of the government reached its culmination in May 2018, when a 25-year-old Korean woman was arrested, who unveiled a photo of a naked man without his consent. The police were criticized for prompt investigation and punishment of the criminal, while female victims more often face sexism, skepticism and lack of urgency for similar or even worse crimes. More than 300,000 people then signed a petition demanding gender equality in the investigation of sexual crimes on the Internet.

On June 9, protesters took to the streets of Seoul with posters like “My life is not your porn” and “I’m not” Korean porn. ” Many have shut their faces to avoid harassment online.

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